1st Apr 2013

NSW Learning & Teaching Framework





Live Life Learning workshops address all aspects of the NSW Quality Learning and Teaching Framework.


Education in a school setting is very much a social experience. Learning on the other hand is a personal experience. One of the ultimate goals of education is to develop self-directed learners. In order to do so requires teachers who understand the science of learning and the art of teaching.


Sometimes, despite all the best intentions, classroom instruction can be detrimental to learning. In order to engage students and provide social support that builds self-directedness and self-monitoring skills, a carefully thought out learning environment must be established. This environment requires explicit criteria about brain compatible learning. The relationship that exists in a classroom with all students and the teacher needs to be connected with learning and the feelings associated with those connections. The role of every educator is to connect students with learning.


Live Life Learning workshops help students develop a set of skills, which begin with the capacity to manage emotions. Emotions enable students to manage their own learning states. I identify six key emotions that drive learning in classrooms. They occur as three pairs of opposites. I maintain that when teachers connect students with learning, a trusting, caring attitude grows and the teachers can teach and the students want to learn.


Live Life Learning looks at the nature of the learner from the following viewpoints;

·      Each person is unique.

·      The transcendence of self – a higher calling.

·      Human relationships and learning.

·      Skills, attitudes and mindful thinking.

·      Ownership of learning and behaviour.

·      Critical, curious and creative thinking.

·      John Joseph’s four world’s model.


The nature of learning is explored through;

·      Cognitive, emotional, social and spiritual dimensions.

·      A range of pedagogies.

·      Linking feelings and emotions with intellect.

·      A safe learning environment (quality environments).

·      Individual differences.

·      The six driving emotions of learning.

·      The role of sleep.

·      Real world learning.

·      Feedback.


Live Life Learning workshops support Key Areas 1 (Students and their Learning) and 2 (Pedagogy) of the Wollongong Diocese School Review and Improvement model.