James Nottingham - The Learning Challenge
Target audience- classroom teachers, curriculum leaders, team leaders, those in charge of school-wide assessment
What does ‘Challenging Learning’ mean?
"I chose the name Challenging Learning partly because of the double meaning: challenging the way in which learning takes place and at the same time, making learning more challenging. Many people say that parents these days wrap their children in cotton wool, smoothing the way to ensure their little darlings don’t encounter difficulties. In educational terms this is problematic because it is only when children and young people engage in challenging tasks and come across problems that they have the opportunity to develop important life skills such as problem solving, higher order thinking and collaborative skills, as well as personal attributes such as resilience, determination and self efficacy. So, as a company we look at ways to challenge the way learning takes place – at school, pre-school and at home. We draw on the most up-to-date research about challenge, feedback, thinking skills, dialogue, Philosophy for Children, Visible Learning, and Dweck Mindsets to identify the best strategies for making learning more challenging, engaging, motivating and successful."
– James Nottingham
A day focusing on the following areas:
Learning challenge/pit – Guide students through the Learning Pit so that they are more determined, curious, thoughtful and resilient.
Culture for learning – Create a culture for learning in which all students choose to challenge themselves and each other more effectively and positively.
Progress and achievement – Enhance the quality and timing of feedback so that staff make best use of assessment for learning and students learn how to accurately self-assess. Draw greater attention to progress so that students are less defeatist when things don’t go well for them.