Dialogue is one of the best vehicles for learning how to think, how to be reasonable, how to make moral decisions and how to understand ather person's point of view. It is supremely flexible, instructional, collaborative, and rigorous. At its very best, dialogue is one of the best ways for participants to learn good habits of thinking. There is also substantial evidence that teachers currently talk too much in classes, often only waiting .8 seconds after asking a question before jumping in with the answer if a student doesn't quickly volunteer. This book guides teachers through the different types of dialogue and how they can be used to enhance students' learning.
James Nottingham is the founder of Challenging Learning, a company based in the UK, Australia and Scandinavia. His passion is in transforming the most up-to-date research into strategies that really work in the classroom. He has been described by the Swedish Teaching Union as one of the most talked about names in the world of school development. Before training to be a teacher, James worked on a pig farm, in the chemical industry, for the American Red Cross and as a sports coach in a school for deaf children. At university, he gained a first class honours degree in education. He then worked as a teacher and leader in primary and secondary schools in the UK before co-founding an award-winning, multi-million pound social regeneration project supporting schools and businesses across the UK. In 2009, James was listed among the Future 500 - a definitive list of the UK's most forward-thinking and brightest innovators. Jill Nottingham's background is in teaching, leadership and consultancy. She has been a teacher and leader in kindergartens and schools in some of the more socially deprived areas of North East England. During that time, she developed many approaches to teaching children how to learn that are still being used in schools and taught in universities today. Jill has also trained with Edward de Bono at the University of Malta, and has studied for a Masters degree in Education with the University of Newcastle. Jill now leads Challenging Learning's pre-school and primary school consultancy. She has written many of the Challenging Learning teaching materials, has edited the others, and is currently writing 3 books for schools and 2 books for pre-schools. In amongst this she finds time to be the mother of 3 gorgeous children! Martin Renton is the Managing Director of Challenging Learning, responsible for the outstanding delivery of all long-term development projects. He is also a highly sought-after keynote speaker, leader, facilitator and coach. Martin's knowledge of pedagogy and leadership is borne out in his experiences in schools and colleges as a teacher, leader, consultant and coach. Whilst he is Challenging Learning's post-16 specialist, his early years experiences as a nanny (2-9 year olds) then as a teacher and leader in middle schools (9-13 year olds), secondary schools (11-18 year old) and colleges (16+) have given him a unique insight into how people learn from the age of 2-adulthood. Martin uses these insights to challenge, inspire and engage his audiences. With a Masters Degree in Educational Research from Newcastle University, Martin designs and leads all of Challenging Learning's evaluation processes. Martin is also trained in the historic craft of drystone-walling and still labours under the impression that he can play the guitar!
James A. Nottingham, Jill Nottingham, Martin Renton