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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 […]

Getting Out of the Challenge Pit!

Setting challenging tasks is not enough to ensure real learning. In the Learning Landscape, Pits represent challenges. But getting out of a Pit represents learning! Learning is an active, skilful process. In the Learning Landscape, the learners who reach the highest standards and ascend the mountains of expertise are the best climbers. They draw on […]

Challenge Pits: Four Different Types

The Learning Landscape makes learning more enjoyable. The sense of being on a learning journey – exploring the Learning Landscape, taking on Challenge Pits and climbing mountains of expertise – is engaging for learners.But the Learning Landscape is so much more than a tool to engage students. It is a metaphor for the learning process. It helps students understand how their […]

Challenge Pits – Which Zone Are You in Today?

True learning doesn’t happen without a challenge. We must stretch (not strain) ourselves to increase our standards and abilities. As Anders Ericson points out, if you never push yourself beyond your current best, you will never improve. When we challenge ourselves to achieve just beyond our current best, we go into what is sometimes referred […]

Becoming a Better Learner in the Learning Landscape

For many of us, learning is something we just do. It’s not something we learn to do well. Sure, we all understand that some people are better or faster at learning than others. But that’s often attributed (incorrectly) to “natural ability”. We think some people are just smarter than others. As teachers, our job is to […]

[Assessment] From Effort to Agency

Most schools report on something we might loosely call effort. It’s a way of measuring a student’s contribution to the learning process. How schools do this varies greatly. But the intent is the same. We want students to engage in the type of behaviours that are likely to lead to greater growth and achievement. Below […]