The Learning Pit

James Nottingham (2020)

“Profound, practical and precise: James Nottingham tells you how to make your classroom a place where young people would love to be.”
Professor Guy Claxton, Author of Building Learning Power

Highlights of the book include:
  • A full description, analysis, and justification for using the Learning Pit® – direct from its creator, James Nottingham
  • The Top Ten ‘Pit Tools’ – proven strategies for guiding students into and out of the Learning Pit
  • Guidance as to when to support, when to challenge, and when to engage in cognitive conflict so that all students move from surface to deep learning
  • Ways to choose relevant concepts to take students into the Learning Pit, including multiple examples across all subject areas
  • The ways in which the Learning Pit helps participants develop resilience, determination, learning strategies and metacognitive thinking
  • Questioning techniques to engage and extend participants’ thinking
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"The Learning Pit has become one of the most powerful and popular heuristics of learning over the past 10-20 years and Nottingham's new book will become the go-to resource for its fullest explication and application for years to come."
Barry J. Hymer, Professor of Psychology in Education University of Cumbria in Lancaster, UK

“The Learning Pit has become one of the most powerful and popular heuristics of learning over the past 10-20 years and Nottingham’s new book will become the go-to resource for its fullest explication and application for years to come.””

Barry J. Hymer, Professor of Psychology in Education University of Cumbria in Lancaster, UK

What makes this book different?

The Learning Pit®, written by its creator, James Nottingham, shows you how to create a culture of challenge, curiosity, reflection and resilience. This book provides teachers and parents with a quick guide to effectively engage learners and support them in creating new and deeper meaning.

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, The Learning Pit has several features to help navigate the book, including:

  • A step by step guide to understand the Learning Pit
  • Examples and support for utilizing the Learning Pit to explore concepts across the curriculum
  • Descriptions and examples of how to use Learning Pit tools to construct meaning

Intended Audience

Suitable for teachers, leaders and support staff working with students between the ages of 7-19. For a more in depth study of The Learning Pit and how it can impact learning, you can read The Learning Challenge by James Nottingham (2017).

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"Nottingham’s Learning Pit 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 of Collective Efficacy, Ontario, Canada
"An inspirational guide to creating lessons that are thought-provoking and meaningful, and at the same time theoretically sound."
Carol S. Dweck, Author of Mindset, and the Lewis and Virginia Eaton Professor of Psychology at Stanford University.

Nottingham’s Learning Pit 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 of Collective Efficacy, Ontario, Canada

“An inspirational guide to creating lessons that are thought-provoking and meaningful, and at the same time theoretically sound.””

Carol S Dweck, Author of Mindset, and the Lewis and Virginia Eaton Professor of Psychology at Stanford University
 

Related Links

An Introduction to the Learning Pit®

The Learning Pit® – Animated!

Consultancy to Show You How Best to Use the Learning Pit®

Using the Learning Pit with 3-7-year-olds

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