Restoration seeks to grow students, not only as learners, but more importantly as people who flourish, and who are characterised by kindness, grace, compassion, humility and seeking justice for others. Not only are students able to grow in their understanding, but we hope they might also grow in their true humanity and that their capacity to learn might empower them to change the world, little by little, foreshadowing the final restoration at the end of time.
Resilient learners are able to be absorbed in their learning. They can manage distractions around them focusing instead on their learning. Resilient learners are able to notice subtle changes in their environment, identify patterns and details which inform their understanding and, perhaps most importantly, resilient learners demonstrate perseverance when faced with challenging learning tasks.
Resourceful learners are good at asking questions which support their learning and the learning of others, they quickly make links between different ideas, can use reasoning to form an argument and imagine new possibilities. Finally, resourceful learners are able to capitalise on the resources available to them inside and outside the classroom.
Students who are strong in Reciprocity know when they will learn best on their own and when they will learn best with others (interdependence). They are good at collaborating with other students, have good empathy & listening skills and learn from others by watching them carefully and taking on board new ways of thinking (imitating). Here, in a nutshell, is what powerful learning looks like – and this is not only for classroom learning, but learning for life.
Reflective learners plan their approach to their learning, continually revise how they are learning, are able to identify the main points they need to learn (distilling) and have a good understanding of their own strengths and weaknesses as a learner (meta-learning).