Encouraging Learning

Encouraging Learning- How You Can Help Children Learn

James Nottingham (2013)

“I recommend this book to anyone wishing to help children learn. In it you will find some lovely ideas for improving the way we encourage, support and praise all young people.”
Professor of Psychology at Stanford University and author of Mindset

Highlights of the book include:
  • • Proven strategies for helping children grow into curious, resilient, happy, articulate and thoughtful learners
  • Growth mindset strategies that build self-efficacy and self-esteem
  • Questioning techniques to engage and extend children’s thinking
  • Insights into why praising ‘effort’ can be powerful but problematic, with an identification of what type of praise is best
  • Games to play with children to boost their curiosity, language and reasoning
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“As always, James Nottingham answers questions about education simply, directly and powerfully. He gives a multitude of examples together with accurate and insightful reference to theory and research. In this book, he provides a most worthwhile set of practical ideas suitable for use with children of all ages.”
John Hattie, Laureate Professor, Melbourne Graduate School of Education

“As always, James Nottingham answers questions about education simply, directly and powerfully. He gives a multitude of examples together with accurate and insightful reference to theory and research. In this book, he provides a most worthwhile set of practical ideas suitable for use with children of all ages.”  

John Hattie, Laureate Professor, Melbourne Graduate School of Education

What makes this book different?

This inspiring humorous and practical book shows you how to help children of all ages develop into confident, thoughtful and independent learners. In it, James Nottingham shares research from some of the most respected experts on thinking and learning and adds advice from his own 25 years of teaching and leading in education. It is the perfect book for any adult wishing to support and enhance the education of children.

Book Features

As Arthur Schopenhauer once said, “Buying books would be a good thing if one could also buy the time to read them in; but as a rule, the purchase of books is mistaken for the appropriation of their contents.”

With that in mind, Encouraging Learning has several features work noting:

  • It is a concise-enough book that it can be read in one weekend
  • Each chapter finishes with a summary and a list of links to further reading and viewing
  • Though grounded in research and respectful of theory, the book is written in a very accessible way – making it the perfect read for parents, grandparents and carers as well as all school staff

Intended Audience

This book is perfect for anyone living or working with children – particularly parents, carers, teachers, support staff and youth workers.

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"Brilliant! An incredibly interesting read for anyone with an interest in children’s learning. Parents will also benefit greatly from reading this.”
Olivia Saunders, Teaching Assistant, St Mark & St John’s School, Preston, UK
“This book is perfect for anyone living or working with children – particularly parents, carers, teachers, support staff and youth workers. It shares some of the best ways to enhance children’s learning, including how to question, praise and encourage more effectively.”
Tracy Fields, Author & Teacher, Victoria, Australia
"Really interesting ideas put forward in an accessible, supportive and thought-provoking manner. I plan to use every single one of the ideas in my own teaching. Some of the ideas refer back to Nottingham’s previous work but it is all the better for it – there’s never a sense of repetition; rather of reinforcement and application.”
Rick Valance, Grade 5 teacher, Winnipeg, Canada
"This book blasts through the lip-service-giving lethargy that can accompany so many ‘educational’ books and gets right to the heart of the matter with real-life, practical and theoretically-sound advice that will be relevant for years to come. I highly recommend this book!”
Rachel Taylor, Principal, Auckland, New Zealand

“Brilliant! An incredibly interesting read for anyone with an interest in children’s learning. Parents will also benefit greatly from reading this.”

Olivia Saunders, Teaching Assistant, St Mark & St John’s School, Preston, UK

This book is perfect for anyone living or working with children – particularly parents, carers, teachers, support staff and youth workers. It shares some of the best ways to enhance children’s learning, including how to question, praise and encourage more effectively.”

Tracy Fields, Author & Teacher, Victoria, Australia
 

Really interesting ideas put forward in an accessible, supportive and thought-provoking manner. I plan to use every single one of the ideas in my own teaching. Some of the ideas refer back to Nottingham’s previous work but it is all the better for it – there’s never a sense of repetition; rather of reinforcement and application.”

Rick Valance, Grade 5 teacher, Winnipeg, Canada

“This book blasts through the lip-service-giving lethargy that can accompany so many ‘educational’ books and gets right to the heart of the matter with real-life, practical and theoretically-sound advice that will be relevant for years to come. I highly recommend this book!”

Rachel Taylor, Principal, Auckland, New Zealand

Related Links

How Challenge Helps Children Learn

Creating an Emphasis on Progress So That All Children Flourish

The Importance of Progress (in Danish with English Subtitles)

James Nottingham Working With 3-4-year-olds

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