Understanding BLP

“Since we cannot know what knowledge will be needed in the future, it is senseless to try to teach it in advance. Instead, our job must be to turn out young people who love learning so much, and who learn so well, that they will be able to learn whatever needs to be learned.
John Holt

Resilience - the emotional (FEELING) aspects of learning


Be an Absorption Alligator

flow; the pleasure of being rapt in learning

Be a Managing Distractions Dinosaur New
Managing Distractions

Be a Managing Distraction Dinosaur

recognising and reducing interruptions

Be a Noticing Newt

Be a Noticing Newt

really sensing what’s out there

Be a Perseverance Penguin

Be a Perseverance Penguin

stickability; tolerating the feelings of learning

Resourcefulness – the cognitive (THINKING) aspects of learning

Be a Questioning Queen Bee

Be a Questioning Queen Bee

getting below the surface; being curious

Be a Making Links Lion
Making Links

Be a Making Links Lion

seeking coherence, relevance and meaning

Be an Imagining Iguana

Be an Imagining Iguana

using the mind’s eye as a learning theatre

Be a Reasoning Robin

Be a Reasoning Robin

thinking rigorously and methodically

Be a Capitalising Cat

Be a Capitalising Cat

making good use of resources

Reciprocity – the strategic (MANAGING) aspects of learning


Be a Interdependent Insect

balancing self-reliance and sociability


Be a Collaborating Koala

the skill of learning with others

Empathy & Listening

Be an Empathetic Elephant

getting inside others’ minds. a dynamic process to gain insight and understanding

Be An Imitating Impala

Be an Imitating Impala

picking up others’ habits and values

Reflectiveness – the social (RELATING) aspects of learning


Be a Planning Panda

working learning out in advance

Be A Revising Rabbit

Be a Revising Rabbit

monitoring and adapting along the way


Be a Distilling Dog

drawing out the lessons from experience


Be a Meta-Learning Monkey

understanding learning, and yourself as a learner