The four stages of learning a new skill


This diagram which aligns with the one on the previous slide adds in some messages for the teacher and the facilitator of learning. Where we focus on effective feedback and positive assessment our pupils are more likely, as depicted by the dotted line, to become unconsciously competent.

Especially if the learning process involves reinforcement and reward. Too much support, instruction or as it says on the diagram ‘counselling’ (the very opposite of coaching) pupils will remain somewhere between conscious incompetence and conscious competence.

There is such potential through coaching to create the culture of independence and creativity to allow our pupils to fly! Use this diagram to share some ideas as to how you can build sequences of learning that will help pupils become unconsciously competent in a variety of contexts.

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