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The Challenge Pit

“Learning should involve stretch, not strain.” James Anderson Tasks you can complete easily, with little effort, are in your Comfort Zone. These may be things you mastered a long time ago, or they may be new tasks, but they are simply “easy things you haven’t done yet”. The point is that when you’re in your Comfort […]

Developing More Skilful Learners

The Learning Landscape is a powerful metaphor for helping students become better learners. It offers us a way to visualise and understand what skilful learning looks like, and what teachers need to do to help students develop as more skilful learners.   In the Learning Landscape, skilful learning equates to the actions students take to move […]

Developing Talented Learners

Students with a Fixed Mindset don’t really “get” learning. From their perspective, learning is a passive process of discovering the abilities that lie within them.  On the other hand, the more growth-oriented you become, the more you begin to understand yourself as a learner who creates, shapes and develops their own talents and abilities.  As […]

The Learning Landscape: The Metaphor for Better Learning

The Learning Landscape is a powerful metaphor for learning. Students and teachers alike love how it brings learning to life engages learners in the process of learning, and makes learning more enjoyable. But the true power of this metaphor lies in how it helps students develop a more growth-oriented mindset, and become better learners A […]

The Mindset Continuum: Get a Nudge in the Right Direction

Most of our attempts to change students’ Mindsets are failing. Why?  Because: 1. We’ve been teaching about a Growth Mindset, instead of for a Growth Mindset We’ve treated Growth Mindset like a topic. We’ve taught people about what it is and why it’s important, and told them they should have one. But that hasn’t worked. […]

Make 2020 the year of no limits in your classroom

Welcome to the 2020 school year! As students walk into your classroom for the first time this year, how many of them have already placed limits on their learning? Perhaps some have decided which subjects they’re good at and which they are not. Others may have decided how “smart” they are and already “know” what […]

What Does Quality Learning Look Like?

Improving learning outcomes takes more than just quality teaching practice.

Learning is a skilful process requiring both the teacher and the student to behave in particular ways.

Learner types: Which is most prepared for an uncertain future?

The Learning Landscape is a powerful metaphor for learning. More than that, it offers us a way to visualise and understand what skilful learning looks like, and what teachers need to do to help students develop as more skilful learners.   As we engage students in the Learning Landscape, two important points about learning become apparent. […]

Mindset and the Learning Landscape

The Learning Landscape provides a way to recognise and develop a learner’s Mindset. In many ways, a learner’s Mindset is a reflection of how well they understand the Learning Landscape and their capacity to move through it. A learner with a Growth Mindset understands they are free to roam the Learning Landscape, exploring the furthest […]

Mistakes and Feedback

In the Learning Landscape, learning is an active process. It happens by the act of moving through the landscape, and exploring new territory. It involves filling our backpacks with powerful Habits of Mind, which enable us to climb out of Challenge and gradually climb higher towards the mountains of expertise. To learn, and becoming a […]