Challenging Learning

Founded by James Nottingham, creator of The Learning Pit ยฎ / 30 staff in AU DK NO SE UK USA / Consultancy & resources for those working with 3-19 year olds

Our main website is at:
www.challenginglearning.com

We are also part of:
www.p4c.com
www.jamesnottingham.co.uk
www.thinkfe.com

Operating as usual

05/06/2021

Fantastic work using the Learning Pit by the British School in the Netherlands ๐Ÿ˜

Fantastic work using the Learning Pit by the British School in the Netherlands ๐Ÿ˜

Focusing on Growth & Progress with Challenging Learning 04/06/2021

Focusing on Growth & Progress with Challenging Learning

From 2015-2019, Challenging Learning supported teaching, learning and leadership in every school and pre-school in Skanderborg, Denmark. As part of the long-term process, a series of videos were recorded to showcase the impact.

This episode focuses on the impact of focusing on growth and progress (rather than the more typical emphasis on performance and grades).

https://vimeo.com/195305902

Find out more about the impact of this process here: www.challenginglearning.com/consultancy/our-impact

Focusing on Growth & Progress with Challenging Learning In Danish with English subtitles From 2015-2019, Challenging Learning supported from teaching, learning and leadership in every school and pre-school in Skanderborg,โ€ฆ

03/06/2021

A FREE online event for educators in Scotland, led by James Nottingham and the Challenging Learning team - 7 DAYS LEFT TO SECURE YOUR PLACE for 10th June!

We have limited spaces left for this webinar which will look at post-pandemic teaching, building collective teacher efficacy and strengthening school improvement.

If you cannot join us on the day please do still register and we will send you a copy of the webinar:
https://www.bigmarker.com/challenging-learning-ltd/The-Road-to-Recovery-Building-your-capacity-for-growth-through-Collective-Efficacy-School-Improvement?utm_bmcr_source=Facebook

A FREE online event for educators in Scotland, led by James Nottingham and the Challenging Learning team - 7 DAYS LEFT TO SECURE YOUR PLACE for 10th June!

We have limited spaces left for this webinar which will look at post-pandemic teaching, building collective teacher efficacy and strengthening school improvement.

If you cannot join us on the day please do still register and we will send you a copy of the webinar:
https://www.bigmarker.com/challenging-learning-ltd/The-Road-to-Recovery-Building-your-capacity-for-growth-through-Collective-Efficacy-School-Improvement?utm_bmcr_source=Facebook

03/06/2021

Challenging Learning Books

Look at our fabulous range of Challenging Learning books ๐Ÿ˜ English, Spanish, Dutch, Norwegian, and Danish!

Why donโ€™t you have a look for a potential summer read? ๐Ÿ˜Ž
Www.challenginglearning.com/resources/books

My Learning Pit Story 02/06/2021

My Learning Pit Story

The Learning Pit isn't just about students learning in school - it is applicable to adults too! We are sure you all know what it is like to be in the Pit. We love Nic's story!

https://vimeo.com/120964502

My Learning Pit Story This is "My Learning Pit Story" by Nic M on Vimeo, the home for high quality videos and the people who love them.

01/06/2021

7 days to go until James Nottingham goes live with 'How To Guide Students Through the Learning Pit' ๐Ÿคฉ

A 3.5hr in-depth online workshop with the creator of the Learning Pit and his Challenging Learning team! This is a great opportunity for educators to be inspired and take practical strategies into the classroom.

LIMITED SPACES LEFT - BOOK HERE:
https://www.challenginglearning.com/events/encouraging-challenge-learning-pit

7 days to go until James Nottingham goes live with 'How To Guide Students Through the Learning Pit' ๐Ÿคฉ

A 3.5hr in-depth online workshop with the creator of the Learning Pit and his Challenging Learning team! This is a great opportunity for educators to be inspired and take practical strategies into the classroom.

LIMITED SPACES LEFT - BOOK HERE:
https://www.challenginglearning.com/events/encouraging-challenge-learning-pit

31/05/2021

Challenging Learning's Head of Consultancy, Martin Renton has written a book to aid educators in facilitating the process of effective learning through questioning โ˜บ๏ธ

This book will help teachers and leaders shape their questions in class to inspire deeper independent and group thinking, and create more dialogue.

Find out more and buy here:
https://www.challenginglearning.com/product/challenging-learning-through-questioning-2/

Challenging Learning's Head of Consultancy, Martin Renton has written a book to aid educators in facilitating the process of effective learning through questioning โ˜บ๏ธ

This book will help teachers and leaders shape their questions in class to inspire deeper independent and group thinking, and create more dialogue.

Find out more and buy here:
https://www.challenginglearning.com/product/challenging-learning-through-questioning-2/

Hank and Frank.mov 29/05/2021

Hank and Frank.mov

Now for something a little light-hearted, but still challenging students with questions! From the vaults of Challenging Learning we present James Nottingham's abridged version of 'Hank and Frank' ๐Ÿ˜

https://youtu.be/RZe_uvYdsOA

Hank and Frank.mov This is one of my favourite stories for beginning a P4C (see www.p4c.com) inquiry. I have used it with children between the ages of 7 and 18, as well as with...

27/05/2021

Did you know that you can buy all Challenging Learning books published by Corwin for 30% off & free shipping as part of #TeacherAppreciationMonth?
Use code: HERO at checkout on their website.
Offer ends on 31st May!
Perfect time to get some reading in for the summer holidays โ˜บ๏ธ

Challenging Learning is a global company and so are our books! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

So far we have versions of our books in English, Swedish, Dutch, Danish, Norwegian, and Spanish - with more languages to come.

We're aiming to make inspiration for educators more accessible and enjoyable - check out our range here:
https://www.challenginglearning.com/resources/books/

27/05/2021

Calling all educators in Scotland ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ

Join our FREE webinar with James Nottingham and the CL Team on Thursday 10th June at 3pm where he will look at teaching in a post-pandemic era. How can prolonged home learning be used to positively build collective teacher efficacy and strengthen school improvement?

We only have limited spaces to register your place now:
https://www.bigmarker.com/challenging-learning-ltd/The-Road-to-Recovery-Building-your-capacity-for-growth-through-Collective-Efficacy-School-Improvement?utm_bmcr_source=Facebook

Calling all educators in Scotland ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ

Join our FREE webinar with James Nottingham and the CL Team on Thursday 10th June at 3pm where he will look at teaching in a post-pandemic era. How can prolonged home learning be used to positively build collective teacher efficacy and strengthen school improvement?

We only have limited spaces to register your place now:
https://www.bigmarker.com/challenging-learning-ltd/The-Road-to-Recovery-Building-your-capacity-for-growth-through-Collective-Efficacy-School-Improvement?utm_bmcr_source=Facebook

26/05/2021

Did you know that we have a range of lesson plan resources available on our site? Challenging Learning co-founder, Jill Nottingham and North America manager, Carmen Bergmann have specially created these for practical use in the classroom!

We have free samples for you to try out, and a further 50+ available with more currently being written ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

https://www.challenginglearning.com/resources/lesson-ideas/

Did you know that we have a range of lesson plan resources available on our site? Challenging Learning co-founder, Jill Nottingham and North America manager, Carmen Bergmann have specially created these for practical use in the classroom!

We have free samples for you to try out, and a further 50+ available with more currently being written ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

https://www.challenginglearning.com/resources/lesson-ideas/

25/05/2021

Challenging Learning is a global company and so are our books! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

So far we have versions of our books in English, Swedish, Dutch, Danish, Norwegian, and Spanish - with more languages to come.

We're aiming to make inspiration for educators more accessible and enjoyable - check out our range here:
https://www.challenginglearning.com/resources/books/

Challenging Learning is a global company and so are our books! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

So far we have versions of our books in English, Swedish, Dutch, Danish, Norwegian, and Spanish - with more languages to come.

We're aiming to make inspiration for educators more accessible and enjoyable - check out our range here:
https://www.challenginglearning.com/resources/books/

25/05/2021

Spaces are filling up for this event on 7th June ๐Ÿ˜

A 3.5hr in-depth online workshop with James Nottingham, the creator of the Learning Pit and his Challenging Learning team! This is a great opportunity for educators to be inspired and take practical strategies into the classroom.

BOOK HERE:
https://www.challenginglearning.com/events/encouraging-challenge-learning-pit/

Spaces are filling up for this event on 7th June ๐Ÿ˜

A 3.5hr in-depth online workshop with James Nottingham, the creator of the Learning Pit and his Challenging Learning team! This is a great opportunity for educators to be inspired and take practical strategies into the classroom.

BOOK HERE:
https://www.challenginglearning.com/events/encouraging-challenge-learning-pit/

24/05/2021

There may have been a small matter of a pandemic to deal with in the last year, but the Challenging Learning team are stronger than ever and excited to be making plans to work with educators face to face again in the coming months โค
We have 25 staff in 6 countries right now working hard behind the scenes & delivering the best in professional development around the world.
Want to know more about who does what? Find out here:
https://www.challenginglearning.com/our-team/

There may have been a small matter of a pandemic to deal with in the last year, but the Challenging Learning team are stronger than ever and excited to be making plans to work with educators face to face again in the coming months โค
We have 25 staff in 6 countries right now working hard behind the scenes & delivering the best in professional development around the world.
Want to know more about who does what? Find out here:
https://www.challenginglearning.com/our-team/

Labels limit learning: James Nottingham at TEDxNorrkopingED 23/05/2021

Labels limit learning: James Nottingham at TEDxNorrkopingED

Labels Limit Learning: TedX Talk - One of our favourite keynotes by James Nottingham ๐Ÿ˜

https://youtu.be/viHaslVc9cc

Labels limit learning: James Nottingham at TEDxNorrkopingED Educational consultant James Nottingham draws attention to the problem of labelling children - even when those labels seem positive. He describes the impact ...

21/05/2021

Did you know that you can buy Learning Pit posters directly from us? We have 3 versions in 2 sizes - great for home, office & classroom!

The poster shown is wipeable poster helps students create & share questions as they go through the Learning Pit!

Find out more here:
https://www.challenginglearning.com/shop-page-the-learning-pit-book/

Did you know that you can buy Learning Pit posters directly from us? We have 3 versions in 2 sizes - great for home, office & classroom!

The poster shown is wipeable poster helps students create & share questions as they go through the Learning Pit!

Find out more here:
https://www.challenginglearning.com/shop-page-the-learning-pit-book/

20/05/2021

How Challenge Helps Children Learn

James Nottingham, the co-founder of Challenging Learning & creator of The Learning Pit discusses why challenging children helps them to develop more than if we make things easier for them.

18/05/2021

On Friday 21st May it is National Endangered Species day. Here is a Cognitive Wobble that you could put to your students about Habitats! We think it could generate some very interesting conversations in the classroom ๐Ÿค”

On Friday 21st May it is National Endangered Species day. Here is a Cognitive Wobble that you could put to your students about Habitats! We think it could generate some very interesting conversations in the classroom ๐Ÿค”

17/05/2021

With the trials that the past year have presented educators with, it is no wonder that the mindset of our students is even more important.

'Challenging Mindset' by James Nottingham and Bosse Larsson examines how mindset works and what you can do to make it more effective for your students. Mistakes do not have to be a bad thing - there are ways to turn mistakes and failure into opportunities for deep learning

Find out more here:
https://www.challenginglearning.com/product/challenging-mindset-uk/

With the trials that the past year have presented educators with, it is no wonder that the mindset of our students is even more important.

'Challenging Mindset' by James Nottingham and Bosse Larsson examines how mindset works and what you can do to make it more effective for your students. Mistakes do not have to be a bad thing - there are ways to turn mistakes and failure into opportunities for deep learning

Find out more here:
https://www.challenginglearning.com/product/challenging-mindset-uk/

17/05/2021

Ready... Fire... Aim! Deel je fouten, leer er samen van, mindset is coping รฉn complimenten zijn iets anders dan feedback... Dat was een tof webinar vanavond! Morgenochtend wordt de opname weer naar alle inschrijvers verstuurd. Cheers and thanks again James @challenginglearning and everyone that joined us this evening!

Martin Renton 16/05/2021

Martin Renton

Always great to see Martin Renton presenting keynotes - and we're looking forward to seeing him back on the road soon ๐Ÿ˜Š

In the meantime check out this video of his keynote about Classroom Culture - Encouraging Students to Think Independently.

https://youtu.be/c30wmQkj_E0

Martin Renton Martin Renton delivers Challenging Learning keynote to teachers in Bergen.

14/05/2021
13/05/2021

Great to see teamwork, collaboration, and conversations happening as part of #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek ๐Ÿฅฐ

Great to see teamwork, collaboration, and conversations happening as part of #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek ๐Ÿฅฐ

Photos from Challenging Learning's post 12/05/2021

James Nottingham's most recent book, 'The Learning Pit' has already proven very popular! We're so pleased to see teachers and schools enthused in buying the book as part of their professional development!

It is the perfect and concise guide, including analysis of and reasons for using the Learning Pit as part of the educational journey! You'll also find techniques and strategies using the Learning Pit to encourage engagement and invigorate your students.

The book is currently available in English, US English, and Spanish, with more languages to come ๐Ÿ˜Š

Find out more here:
https://www.challenginglearning.com/shop-page-the-learning-pit-book/

Understanding the Impact of Teaching with Challenging Learning 11/05/2021

Understanding the Impact of Teaching with Challenging Learning

From 2015-2019, Challenging Learning supported the teaching, learning and leadership of every school and pre-school in Skanderborg, Denmark.

This video focuses on understanding the impact of teaching (or, as John Hattie calls it, โ€˜Know Thy Impactโ€™)

https://vimeo.com/195302429

Understanding the Impact of Teaching with Challenging Learning In Danish with English subtitles From 2015-2019, Challenging Learning supported the teaching, learning and leadership of every school and pre-school in Skanderborg,โ€ฆ

Photos from Challenging Learning's post 11/05/2021

Itโ€™s a day for puppy power at the CL HQ today! โค๏ธ๐Ÿถ Weโ€™ve got our new apprentices, Bella, Enzo, and Bonnie to keep us in line. The sausages have taken over!

10/05/2021

Join James Nottingham and the Challenging Learning team as they show you how to guide students through the Learning Pit!

This exclusive webinar will take place on 7th June 2021, and will provide educators with the strategies to successfully lead students into the Pit, willingly take on challenge, and feel accomplished when they leave it. This will further encourage them to want to go into the Learning Pit on a more regular basis!

Find out more and book your place here:
https://www.challenginglearning.com/events/encouraging-challenge-learning-pit/

Join James Nottingham and the Challenging Learning team as they show you how to guide students through the Learning Pit!

This exclusive webinar will take place on 7th June 2021, and will provide educators with the strategies to successfully lead students into the Pit, willingly take on challenge, and feel accomplished when they leave it. This will further encourage them to want to go into the Learning Pit on a more regular basis!

Find out more and book your place here:
https://www.challenginglearning.com/events/encouraging-challenge-learning-pit/

09/05/2021

Thank you to Monique for this wonderful guest blog about the Learning Pit! She is fantastic advocate of using the concept in her classroom and this piece shows the struggles and dialogue encountered when dealing with challenge.

https://www.challenginglearning.com/2021/05/04/guest-blog-the-learning-pit-in-different-contexts/

Thank you to Monique for this wonderful guest blog about the Learning Pit! She is fantastic advocate of using the concept in her classroom and this piece shows the struggles and dialogue encountered when dealing with challenge.

https://www.challenginglearning.com/2021/05/04/guest-blog-the-learning-pit-in-different-contexts/

07/05/2021

Fantastic work by James Nottingham and Carmen Bergmann today working virtually with educators in Canada and USA! ๐Ÿ˜

Fantastic work by James Nottingham and Carmen Bergmann today working virtually with educators in Canada and USA! ๐Ÿ˜

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