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Books

We have written 9 books about the Learning Pit, dialogue, feedback, growth mindset, and Challenging Learning. They are available in English, Danish, Norwegian and Swedish; with Chinese, Dutch, French and Spanish versions coming soon.

Challenging Mindset

By James Nottingham and Bosse Larsson

This book answers key questions about Carol Dweck’s theory of Mindset – What is a ‘growth mindset’ and what difference can it make? Why are growth mindset interventions not working in schools (yet) and what can be done to change this? What is a ‘failure mindset’ and why is it more influential than an adult’s fixed or growth mindset?

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Challenging Mindset UK Ed (2018)

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Challenging Mindset Swedish Ed (2018)

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Challenging Mindset Danish Ed (2018)

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Challenging Mindset (2018) available in Australasia

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I consider the book to be compulsory reading in all teacher education. It should be in every workplace where teaching occurs. (Originally in Swedish, quoted online at Pedagog Mölndal

Annette Olsson, Pedagog Mölndal

Challenging Early Learning

By James Nottingham and Jill Nottingham

Jill and James Nottingham started an educational company in 1999 to support local nurseries and schools with the development of Philosophy for Children. This evolved into a multi-million pound, social regeneration project to raise the aspirations and abilities of young people in North East England. With the success of this project, early childhood centres across Scandinavia, Australia and New Zealand wanted to get involved in the Nottingham’s award-winning approaches to challenge, dialogue, feedback, questioning and progress. This book shares the best of those strategies.

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Challenging Early Learning Swedish Ed (2017)

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Challenging Early Learning Danish Ed (2017)

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Challenging Early Learning UK Ed (2019)

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This book shows early childhood practitioners and parents some of the best strategies for helping children grow into even more curious, resilient, happy, articulate and thoughtful learners.

Sophie Ellgaard Soneff, Editor-in-Chief, Dafolo

The Learning Challenge

By James Nottingham

How to guide your students through the Learning Pit.

This book is for all educators. It is a model that provides learners with a language to think and talk about learning. It help build participants’ resilience, wisdom and self-efficacy. And when it is used as a structure for learning, it can improve teacher clarity and raise expectations of success.

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The Learning Challenge UK Ed (2017)

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The Learning Challenge (2017) available in Australasia

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The Learning Challenge Swedish Ed (2017)

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The Learning Challenge Danish Ed (2017)

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The Learning Challenge Dutch Ed (2018)

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This book includes so many worthwhile processes to invoke the various stages of learning, to show the connections between these stages, and to identify evidence of impact from techniques that have been tried and tested in many contexts around the world by James Nottingham and his team. It is a pleasure reading a book that puts the challenge back into learning.

John Hattie, 2017

Learning Challenge Lessons: Primary/Elementary

By Jill Nottingham and James Nottingham

with Mark Bollom, Joanne Nugent and Lorna Pringle 

Created to accompany The Learning Challenge, the twenty lessons collected in these books grapple with timely concepts and provide teachers with everything needed to run thoughtful, dialogue-driven challenges for students.

Each lesson engages students around an exciting topic of current importance—including social media, health, friendship, space exploration, language, fairness, and other issues—and invites students into the “Learning Pit” to explore their thoughts with others through dialogue.

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Learning Challenge Lessons - Primary UK Ed (2018)

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Learning Challenge Lessons - Primary (2018) available in Australasia

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The Learning Challenge Dry-Erase Posters

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The Learning Challenge Dry-Erase Poster UK/European Ed (2017)

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The Learning Challenge Dry-Erase Poster North American Ed (2017)

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Challenging Learning Through Feedback

By James Nottingham and Jill Nottingham

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Challenging Learning through Feedback UK Ed (2017)

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Challenging Learning through Feedback Swedish Ed (2017)

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Challenging Learning through Feedback Norwegian Ed (2017)

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This was a thought provoking read and one I will reference over and over again. The authors have created a thorough reference for all teachers working to make their feedback impact learning, not only student learning, but their own. This will be a valuable reference for educators for years to come. I think that this reaches beyond classroom walls and will also help administrators model feedback for teachers and make an impact on the growth of student achievement.

Katina Keener, Elementary Principal Hayes, VA

Challenging Learning Through Dialogue

By James Nottingham, Jill Nottingham and Martin Renton

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Challenging Learning through Dialogue UK Ed (2016)

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Challenging Learning through Dialogue Swedish Ed (2016)

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Challenging Learning through Dialogue Danish Ed (2016)

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Challenging Learning through Dialogue Norwegian Ed (2016)

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I might sound a bit too excited, but that is because the book manages to point out problematic issues in teaching and to give solutions and strategies to act on them. I give my warmest recommendation to teachers that want to focus more on good dialogues in the classroom.

Kristian Nøhr Jensen, quoted in Folkeskolen.dk

Encouraging Learning

By James Nottingham

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Encouraging Learning 1st Ed (2013)

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Encouraging Learning (2012) available in Australasia

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Encouraging Learning Swedish Ed (2014)

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Encouraging Learning Danish Ed (2014)

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Encouraging Learning Norwegian Ed (2013)

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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 Carol Dweck, Author of Mindset, Stanford University, USA

James has developed a rare skill for blending arresting anecdotes, hard-edged research and practical advice into a truly compelling narrative.

Professor Barry Hymer, Author of the Gifted and Talented Pocket Book, Cumbria University, UK

Challenging Learning

By James Nottingham

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Challenging Learning 2nd Ed (2016)

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Challenging Learning 1st Ed (2010) available in Australasia

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Challenging Learning Danish Ed (2014)

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Challenging Learning Norwegian Ed (2012)

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Challenging Learning Swedish Ed (2013)

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Through the use of rich examples of classroom interactions, this book offers strategies that will help pupils to produce their own thoughtful conclusions, develop their own concepts, examine logic and remain open to alternatives. Highlights include: effective teaching strategies including FACTS, the Teaching Target Model and the Learning Pit Models; up-to-date research and theory from leading experts; practical suggestions and principles to help you design and develop your own lessons. Not simply for teachers, this book has relevance for all those who work with children. Jargon-free and accessible, it will be relevant and valuable for all.

Sarah Brew, Parents in Touch

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Best of the Best: Progress

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Radical Encouragement

Radical Encouragement: Creating Cultures for Learning

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Literacy og Læringsmål I Indskolingen (DK)

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Understøttende undervisning og læringsmiljøer (DNK)

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Læringsmål og taksonomiske redskaber (DNK)

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