The Learning Pit first appeared in an article by James Nottingham
The Learning Pit first appeared in an article by James Nottingham, published in Teaching Thinking & Creativity in 2007, and then in his first book, Challenging Learning (2010, 1st Ed; 2016 2nd Ed.)
The most in-depth exploration of the Learning Pit can be found in The Learning Challenge: Guiding Students Through the Learning Pit (Nottingham, 2017).
More recent books share some of the very best ways to support students through the pit in different areas of the curriculum, including Learning Challenge Lessons: Primary (2018); and Learning Challenge Lessons: Secondary English Language Arts (2019).
The Learning Challenge: Guiding Students Through the Learning Pit
James Nottingham (2017)
“Nottingham’s The Learning Challenge is a seminal piece and should be considered mandatory reading for every educator. The examples included throughout help to paint a clear picture of how teachers can create the conditions to encourage and support students’ deep understanding of complex concepts.”
Jenni Donohoo, Author, Collective Efficacy, Ontario, Canada
James Nottingham (2010; 2016)
Challenging Learning encourages independent thinking and a spirit of inquiry in students of all ages. Through the use of rich examples of Learning Pit interactions, this book offers strategies that will help students to produce their own thoughtful conclusions, develop their own concepts, examine logic and remain open to alternative ideas.
Learning Challenge Lessons: Primary/Elementary
Jill Nottingham and James Nottingham (2018)
Twenty detailed lesson plans to help teachers facilitate thought-provoking dialogue around important topics. Includes activities and techniques that encourage students into and out of the Learning Pit.
Learning Challenge Lessons: Secondary English Language Arts (ELA)
Jill Nottingham and James Nottingham (2019)
Twenty detailed lesson plans providing teachers with everything they need to run dialogue-driven challenges that guide students through the Learning Pit. All ideas are based on classic texts to help students develop literary skills critical to ELA standards.