It is through challenge that we are able to move students out of their comfort zone and into their learning zone (or zone of proximal development)

And yet, so many students actively avoid challenge for fear of getting something wrong, falling behind, or simply because they don’t see the point in putting any effort in. Added to this is the need for differentiation to ensure all students are challenged appropriately – not so much that they can’t access the learning and not so little that they end up repeating things they already know how to do. That is why we created this very company in 1999 and named it Challenging Learning – because of the difficulties we all face in challenging all students appropriately.

Suitable for teachers, leaders and support staff working with students between the ages of 3-19, we can help you to:

  • Create a culture of challenge in your classroom that encourages all students to step out of their comfort zone
  • Recognise when to challenge, when to support or scaffold, and when to leave students in the Learning Pit®
  • Develop your questioning techniques to ensure all students are challenged appropriately (including the most able)
  • Avoid the type of praise and rewards systems that get in the way of challenge
Best book to support your learning:

The Learning Challenge

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Further Reading

Best book to support your learning:

The Learning Challenge

Read more

Further Reading

Best book to support your learning:

The Learning Challenge

Read more

Further Reading

Best book to support your learning

The Learning Challenge

Read more

Further Reading

Learning Challenge Lessons Secondary
Learning Challenge Lessons Elementary
Challenging Learning 2nd Ed (2016)
Challenging Learning Through Questioning (2020)

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