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Learning Challenge Lessons, Elementary
20 Lessons to Guide Young Learners Through the Learning Pit

First Edition

with Mark Bollom, Joanne Nugent, and Lorna Pringle



June 2018 | 256 pages | Corwin

"James Nottingham’s work on Challenging Learning is a critical element of creating Visible Learners. This new series will help teachers hone the necessary pedagogical skills of dialogue, feedback, questioning, and mindset. There’s no better resource to encourage all learners to know and maximize their impact!"

John Hattie, Professor & Director, Melbourne Education Research Institute
University of Melbourne

Looking for more examples and more lesson plans to get started with Learning Challenges? Help is here!

Created to accompany The Learning Challenge, the twenty lessons collected in this book grapple with timely concepts and provide teachers with everything needed to run thoughtful, dialogue-driven challenges for elementary school students. Each lesson engages students around an exciting topic of current importance—including social media, voting, health, friendship, space exploration, language, fairness, and other issues—and invites students into the “Learning Pit” to explore their thoughts with others through dialogue.

 

The developmentally-appropriate lessons plans are designed to help young learners

  • Learn new vocabulary in the context of dialogue
  • Challenge themselves to think through complex concepts
  • Follow their natural curiosity and seek answers to questions they pose themselves
  • Think critically about issues and discover alternative viewpoints
  • Explore disagreements reasonably and co-create meaning with others

Detailed lesson plans make it easy for teachers to facilitate rigorous and thought-provoking dialogue for students. Teacher resources include

  • Activities to help students progress from surface level thinking to deeper understanding
  • Techniques to get students “into the pit,” where contradictions and uncertainties force deeper thinking—and then out of the pit again
  • Full-color activity cards to accompany each lesson 
  • Diagrams to help illustrate relationships between concepts for students

Each compelling topic challenges young students to think, to be reasonable, to make moral decisions, and to understand another person’s point of view—all critical skills in today’s complex world. Jumpstart meaningful learning for students with these rigorous and engaging Learning Challenge lessons.

 
 
List of Figures
 
Acknowledgments
 
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 Garbage?
 
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 Color?
 
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?
 
References
 
Index of Concepts
 
References
 
Photocopiable masters
 
Index

"James Nottingham’s work on Challenging Learning is a critical element of creating Visible Learners. This new series will help teachers hone the necessary pedagogical skills of dialogue, feedback, questioning, and mindset. There’s no better resource to encourage all learners to know and maximize their impact!"

 

John Hattie, Professor & Director, Melbourne Education Research Institute
University of Melbourne
Key features
Teachers will receive:
  • Learning Challenge lessons that are relevant and timely, on topics that interest and engage students
  • Detailed lesson plans and activities for running Learning Challenges in their classroom
  • Full-color activity cards to accompany each lesson

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