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ECC Learner Dispositions

What are Learner Dispositions?

Learner Dispositions are characteristics or attitudes to describe how children approach learning.  By encouraging positive learner dispositions, we are helping early learners develop practices to approach new learning situations, solve problems and apply knowledge and skills in new ways. 

Try & Try Again

I keep going when things get hard.

  • I practice.
  • I try different ways.
  • I keep going even when it is hard.
  • I stay positive while working
  • I persevere when faced with a challengeI use strategies.
  • I have learned to help me when I am stuck.


I build on what I know.

  • I use what I know to learn about new things.
  • I ask questions.
  • I apply what I know to the world around me.
  • I recognize or notice patterns.
  • I help solve problems.


I can help myself and others be ready to learn. I can notice when I am having big emotions.

  • I respect personal space of others.
  • I keep my hands, feet, and objects to myself.
  • I avoid disruptive or hurtful behaviors.
  • I can pay attention during group learning times.
  • I can use tools/strategies to calm down.

Show and Share

I let others know what I am thinking.

  • I share my ideas with others in a variety of ways.
  • I work well with others.
  • I let others know when I need help.
  • I use kind words with peers and adults.


I learn by interacting with materials and others. I explore with people and objects in a variety of ways.

  • I play with objects and people.
  • I am curious.
  • I respect the property of others.
  • I connect ideas.
  • I am willing to try new things.
  • I clean up after myself.
  • I am responsible for my own belongings

Look and Listen

I use my senses to learn.

  • I can learn from others.
  • I can take turns speaking and listening.
  • I can learn through sight, smell, taste, tough, & hearing. 


 I want to know more.

  • I find a new way.
  • I explore a new idea.
  • I use my imagination.