In Powering Up Students Claxton and Powell articulate much-needed clarity about what really matters when educating high school students in the 21st century. Their argument contrasts valuably with a discourse on schooling which tends to be overly focused on shallow and reductive outcomes for young people. Instead, the authors recognise how teachers need an approach that enables and empowers learners to navigate the complexities of modern life.
The myriad of practical examples - so applicable to any classroom - along with the authors' conversational style of writing is what makes this book stand out, making the text perfectly accessible while also being deep in its content. The depth of contribution the book provides is exemplified in its approach to “wondering”, where Claxton and Powell “walk the talk” as they encourage the reader's powerful learning by posing questions for reflection throughout the chapters.
Thus, Powering Up Students is a book that practises what it espouses, and so it is of great instructional value to both teachers and school leaders, as well as to those involved in the preparation of all professionals working in high schools.