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HOW2Learn is a Riverina led program being undertaken at Young North.



HOW2Learn is a strategy focused on building students' capacity to learn.

This is achieved by explicitly teaching dispositions and habits within the existing programs and practices at Young North to develop a learning culture that enables everyone to:

  • Be self-aware in their learning
  • Use the language and dispositions of successful learners
  • Share a belief that intelligence is learnable and expandable


HOW2Learncomplements the NSW Quality TeachingModel and draws upon a respected body of research, including much of Guy Claxton's work on Building Learning Power which identifies the higher order ways that enable students to be successful lifelong learners.  


The Guiding Tenets of the HOW2Learn strategy

We know that young people need to build the emotional, social and mental resources to enjoy challenges and cope with uncertainty and it is obvious  that things need to change in order for schools to be more in step with the needs of society. The following principles frame all further thinking:


Principles that underpin the strategy

  1. REAL LIFE LEARNING- education is about enabling young people to take their place in the world confidently, actively and successfully.
  2. SUCCESS AT SCHOOL- students can utilise powerful learning skills in order to embrace the specific content demands in various subject areas.
  3. LITERACY AND NUMERACY-all students deserve the right to access strategies that will enable them to become more literate and numerate citizens as they are the fundamental building blocks that predict life success.
  4. MENTAL WELLBEING- all students deserve the right to become more resourceful and resilient when faced with adversity.
  5. EXPANDABLE INTELLIGENCEall learners can behave more intelligently through developing a repertoire of learning dispositions and habits.
  6. COMPLEX BUT VITAL- it will take consistent focus and collective will over time to develop a growth culture but it is a path we need to travel.

The HOW2Learn strategy empowers learners by developing 5 dispositions and 22 habits that improve all round learning fitness.

Using a vast body of research we have developed a regional strategy in the Riverina that is underpinned by the explicit teaching of five dispositions and twenty two habits which improve all-round learning fitness. These dispositions are:


Disposition and habits

Aspect of Learning



  • Imitation
  • Collaboration
  • Empathy and Listening
  • Interdependence




Learners are ready, willing and able

to learn alone or share in learning with others.


  • Managing Distractions
  • Noticing
  • Perseverance
  • Absorption



Learners are ready, willing and able

to work through difficulties when the pressure mounts.


  • Making Links
  • Questioning
  • Reasoning
  • Capitalising
  • Imagining




Learners are ready, willing and able

to choose and use resources wisely know what to do when you don't know what to do.


  • Planning
  • Revising
  • Distilling
  • Remembering
  • Meta-learning




Learners are ready, willing and able

 to be critically self aware and responsive to feedback.


  • Accountability
  • Critical Thinking
  • Open mindedness
  • Being connected




Learners are ready, willing and able

to be accountable for their individual and community's actions towards themselves, others and the environment.


How we model lifelong learners!

At Young North we're risk takers, we show children we are always willing to learn new things!