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Learning Challenge Lessons, Primary

20 Lessons to Guide Young Learners Through the Learning Pit
Product Details
  • Grade Level: PreK-12
  • ISBN: 9781544337944
  • Published By: Corwin
  • Series: Corwin Teaching Essentials
  • Year: 2018
  • Page Count: 256
  • Publication date: July 28, 2018

Price: $24.95



The Learning Challenge Lessons have been created to accompany The Learning Challenge and provide teachers with everything they need to run thoughtful, dialogue-driven Challenges.

The Learning Challenge Lessons, Primary, book includes 20 developmentally-appropriate lesson plans that will help young learners:
• Learn new vocabulary in the context of dialogue
• Challenge themselves to think through complex concepts
• Encourage their natural curiosity and seek answers to questions they pose themselves


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Jill Nottingham

Jill Nottingham’s background is in teaching, leadership and consultancy. She has been a teacher and leader in kindergartens and schools in some of the more socially deprived areas of North East England. During that time, she developed many approaches to teaching children how to learn that are still being used in schools and taught in universities today.

Jill has also trained with Edward de Bono at the University of Malta, and has studied for a Masters degree in Education with the University of Newcastle.

Jill now leads Challenging Learning’s pre-school and primary school consultancy. She has written many of the Challenging Learning teaching materials, has edited the others, and is currently writing 3 books for schools and 2 books for pre-schools. In amongst this she finds time to be the mother of 3 gorgeous children!

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James Andrew Nottingham

James Nottingham is co-founder and director of Challenging Learning, a group of companies with 30 employees in 6 countries. His passion is in transforming the most up-to-date research into strategies that really work in the classroom. He is regarded by many as one of the most engaging, thought-provoking and inspirational speakers in education.

His first book, Challenging Learning, was published in 2010 and has received widespread critical acclaim. Since then, he has written 6 books for teachers, leaders, support staff, and parents. These books share the best research and practice connected with learning; dialogue; feedback; the learning pit; early years education; and growth mindset.

Before training to be a teacher, James worked on a pig farm, in the chemical industry, for the American Red Cross, and as a teaching assistant in a school for deaf children. At university, he gained a first-class honours degree in education (a major turnaround after having failed miserably at school). He then worked as a teacher and leader in primary and secondary schools in the UK before co-founding an award-winning, multi-million-pound regeneration project supporting education, public and voluntary organisations across north east England.

Skolvärlden (Swedish Teaching Union) describes James as “one of the most talked about names in the world of school development” and the Observer newspaper in the UK listed him among the Future 500 - a “definitive list of the UK's most forward-thinking and brightest innovators.”

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

List of Figures


About the Authors

The Language of Learning

Part I: Setting the Scene

Chapter 1: Preparing to Use the Lesson Ideas

1.0 Introduction

1.1 The Learning Challenge

1.2 Learning Intentions

1.3 High-Quality Dialogue

1.4 Exploratory Talk

1.5 Underpinning Values

Chapter 2: The Lesson Activities

2.0 Overview

2.1 Mystery

2.2 Ranking

2.3 Sorting and Classifying with Venn Diagrams

2.4 Opinion Lines

2.5 Opinion Corners

2.6 Fortune Lines

2.7 Living Graphs

2.8 Concept Lines

2.9 Odd One Out

2.10 Concept Targets

2.11 Collective Memory

2.12 Concept Corners

2.13 Thought Maps

2.14 Concept Graphs

Part II: The Lesson Ideas

Lesson 1: A visit to Grandma’s

Lesson 2: Why Explore?

Lesson 3: Who Was Responsible for Sam Ending Up in the Hospital?

Lesson 4: Should you say sorry?

Lesson 5: Does Jake need a shared language at school?

Lesson 6: Good thinking

Lesson 7: Got the time?

Lesson 8: If Ricudo lost his home, would this be the worst thing that is happening in the Amazon Rainforest?

Lesson 9: What Is Rubbish?

Lesson 10: Should Ms. Smith Raise Money to Plant Trees Within the School Grounds?

Lesson 11: Should Theon post that?

Lesson 12: Was Willy Wonka fair?

Lesson 13: What is colour?

Lesson 14: What is cost?

Lesson 15: What is the best sport?

Lesson 16: What is treasure?

Lesson 17: Who is the greatest?

Lesson 18: Is it better to work as a team?

Lesson 19: Does Fame Make You More Important?

Lesson 20: Was Harry Potter the hero of Hogwarts?


Index of Concepts

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