LEARNING PIT: ACADEMY FEATURES

The Learning Pit Academy is by far the best way to develop a deep, nuanced understanding of the Learning Pit.

It has been written by James Nottingham, creator of the Learning Pit and includes new videos, chapter summaries and recommendations for next steps that cannot be found elsewhere.

The academy, its collaboration forum, and the optional coaching are all run by James and his Challenging Learning team.

Features

Asynchronous

The Learning Pit Academy is designed with maximum flexibility in mind. Engage in each module in your own time, at your own pace, and on any web enabled device.

Research & Practice

Everything we do at Challenging Learning, including this academy, is based on the most up-to-date research and best practice so that you can be confident of making a difference to student learning.

Collaborative

With staff in Asia Pacific, North America, and Europe, it is fair to say we combine international perspectives with respect for local context. This academy reflects this by creating the opportunity for you to collaborate with educators from across the globe.

Clear Progression

This academy is divided into modules so that you will always have a clear sense of purpose, progress and direction.

Relevant

By focusing on pedagogy, the recommendations in this academy can be applied in all curriculum areas and with any age group.

Benefits of This Academy

Choose this academy if you wish to develop a deep, nuanced understanding of the Learning Pit and the Learning Challenge. It will help you enhance your professional expertise and boost your students’ learning in the following ways:

  • Know how, when and why to CHALLENGE students appropriately so that they are better able to move from surface knowledge to deep understanding.
  • Build the SOCIAL & EMOTIONAL LEARNING of your students by giving them the opportunity to collaborate with each other in a caring, collaborative and thoughtful way as they go through the Learning Pit.
  • Understand how best to use Learning Pit Tools to build your students’ repertoire of PROBLEM-SOLVING and thinking skills, including reasoning, inference, connection and pattern recognition.
  • Be able to place CONCEPTS at the heart of lesson (or curriculum) design so that students are afforded more opportunity to build a holistic understanding of the world.
  • Create a LEARNING CULTURE that combines intellectual risk-taking with psychological safety so that all students make excellent progress socially as well as academically.

Course Reader

The Learning Challenge: Guiding Students Through the Learning Pit
By James Nottingham (2017)

Also available in these languages:

DanishLæringsudfordringen (2017) from Dafolo
DutchDe Leeruitdaging (2018) from Bazalt
Swedish Utmaningsmodellen (2017) from NoK

Further Reading

James Nottingham has also written this concise guide on the same topic:

The Learning Pit
By James Nottingham (2020)

Also available in these languages:

Spanish
Swedish
US English

What will you gain?

  • Focus on impact – we support you in taking actions to maximise impact on student learning.
  • Gather evidence – we help you gather evidence of student impact as well as the development of professional expertise.
  • Go on a journey with the author – with dozens of videos, new chapter summaries, and professional reflections, you’ll feel as if you’re reading the book alongside James Nottingham and his co-authors.
  • Build a language of learning – a glossary of terms and new insights into theory and practice will help you engage your colleagues and students in more impactful conversations.
  • Make connections – by connecting, we move from surface to deep learning which is why our masterclasses help you connect within topics, between topics, and across the curriculum.

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  • Focus on impact – we support you in taking actions to maximise impact on student learning.
  • Gather evidence – we help you gather evidence of student impact as well as the development of professional expertise.
  • Go on a journey with the author – with dozens of videos, new chapter summaries, and professional reflections, you’ll feel as if you’re reading the book alongside James Nottingham and his co-authors.
  • Build a language of learning – a glossary of terms and new insights into theory and practice will help you engage your colleagues and students in more impactful conversations.
  • Make connections – by connecting, we move from surface to deep learning which is why our masterclasses help you connect within topics, between topics, and across the curriculum.