The stages of learning


Part of creating a learning classroom is understanding how pupils learn and how they need to practice, retrieve, recall and reflect on their learning so that they become increasingly competent and eventually unconsciously competent in how they learn. The analogy of learning to drive is a good one here.

Before you get behind the wheel you are unconsciously incompetent, once you are behind that wheel on your first lesson you know you can’t do it, you are consciously incompetent.

As you practise, do the same moves again and again, make the odd mistake and gain in confidence you become consciously competent.

Once you pass your test and start to drive you eventually become unconsciously competent and as it says in the diagram you can become complacent so there is a fifth stage of reflective competence, keep reflecting the importance of taking care, being aware and thinking about other road users.

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