The Learning Landscape – Sydney Term 1

From Effort to Agency in the Learning Landscape

I am taking my Learning Landscape workshop ONLINE.

This is not an online course, it’s an online workshop, so it will be LIVE and INTERACTIVE.

You will have opportunities for whole group discussion as well as small-group break out sessions that will allow you to discuss your work while engaging in activities with other participants – just like you would in a face-to-face workshop

Common Questions:

Will I need to be online at a given time?

(YES, and NO) It will be a live event, but if you can’t make part of it, it will be recorded for you. Times are shown below.

Do I need to be at school for this?

NO. In fact, I encourage you to be away from the distractions of school. You’ll be active and engaged, so we don’t want people popping into your office for a quick chat. You’ll just need a reliable internet connection.

Got anything to sweeten the deal a bit?

YES. I know for some teachers this will be a new experience. So I’m offering the following to encourage you to give it a try.

– Schools registering 3 or more teachers can access a 45-minute private coaching conversation with me to help with questions and implementation

– Access to a full recording of the workshop to revisit any time between now and the end of the year

How will it work?

It’s easy. The workshop will be run through ZOOM. You’ll be sent a link to connect to the live meeting – just click and you’re in. All you’ll need is somewhere quiet, your computer, video and microphone (standard on most computers), and I’ll send you some tips about how to get the most out of the experience. 

 Some of the time you’ll be watching me, or my screen, as I share the ideas with the whole group. At other times you’ll be part of group like in the image above, discussing ideas and answering questions as we would in a face to face workshop. At other times you’ll be in small groups of 4 (ish) to work on activities. 

Learn how to develop Learner Agency using the powerful metaphor of the Learning Landscape.

In The Learning Landscape, James Anderson outlines a powerful metaphor for visualising learning. By mapping the abstract concept of learning onto a physical journey in the real world, the learning process is made tangible and accessible to learners.


Discover the importance of setting appropriate challenges using the four Challenge Pits. Prepare your learners to climb the highest peaks of expertise by filling their backpacks with Habits of Mind. Along the way, use the Mindset Continuum to help students develop a more growth-oriented mindset.

The Learning Landscape gives teachers and learners a concrete, practical way to talk about the learning process, and helps students become better learners!

Shift your focus away from conversations about “effort”. Focus instead on helping students develop learner agency!

At the end of this workshop, you will:

  • Understand the Learning Landscape, including the six Learner Types traversing the landscape and the four Challenge Pits they climb through.
  • Understand how Learner Agency can be interpreted as the Learners’ ability to move through the Learning Landscape.
  • Learn how the way leaners engage in different types of Challenge Pits is central to becoming a better learner.
  • Examine existing and new assessment models that will shift the focus from effort to Learner Agency.
  • Get practical by roleplaying classroom scenarios to support the implementation of your learning in your classroom.
  • Return to school with practical, tangible solutions and pedagogy that will start creating better learners.

Help your students to become better learners with the Learning Landscape. Register for this exciting new workshop today!

This workshop is being run in conjunction with TTA, and will contribute 5.5 hours of NESA Registered PD.

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  • The Learning Landscape - Sydney Term 1
    April 3, 2020
    9:00 am - 4:00 pm



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