Learning Fundamentals

Paul Main

How can we make it easier for our colleagues to adopt evidence-informed learning principles in their classrooms?

At Structural Learning, we strive to find teaching and learning materials that have a proven impact in the classroom. Each year, schools find a new taxonomy or framework to utilise across their institutions. These resources help school leaders conceptualise their teaching policies and provide guidance to teaching staff. Embedding these ideas into everyday classroom practice can be challenging. Schools are time poor and most of the research presented to them is too complicated to untangle.


We have been developing what we call ‘Learning Fundamentals’. This simple list focuses on the evidence-informed principles that we want children to engage in when they undertake learning activities. We have purposefully moved away from teacher behaviours (such as the Rosenshine Principles) and placed our attention on the attributes of the learner. These student behaviours are the cornerstone of learning anything and are indeed ‘learnable’. We have used simple verbs that even young children can understand. As with all the new resources we create, it helps when our partner schools let us know what you think (that’s you reading this!).


In their most basic form we have:

  • Plan: Thinking through tasks before jumping in.
  • Organise: Deciding how the content fits together.
  • Connect: Creating meaning by looking at relationships.
  • Talk: Clarifying thoughts and finding the right words (before committing pen to paper).


Go ahead, download, critique, and we look forward to presenting you with the next iteration. You can download the PDF below the image.

Learning Fundamentals
Learning Fundamentals