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Rising to the challenge: How to ensure students (and teachers!) thrive through challenges is a Course

Rising to the challenge: How to ensure students (and teachers!) thrive through challenges

Started May 3, 2020


Full course description

Independent Schools Victoria is supporting professional learning for staff of Member Schools throughout term two utilising Non-Government Reform Support funding.

Date and times

Session 1: Understanding challenges

Pre-recorded Event - Available from May 4

Live Online Discussion - Thursday 14 May: 7.00pm - 7.45pm

Session 2: Mindset

Pre-recorded Event - Available from May 18

Live Online Discussion - Thursday 28 May: 7.00pm - 7.45pm

Session 3: Learner Agency

Pre-recorded Event - Available from June 1

Live Online Discussion - Thursday 11 June: 7.00pm - 7.45pm


An online course with a combination of recorded and live sessions


This learning event is right for you if you are teacher or leader wanting to develop your students' capacity to thrive on challenge and be successful learners


Why do we find some challenges more difficult than others? How do we make it possible to succeed when challenges become really difficult? Why do some student avoid challenges while others embrace them? And how do we help students to embrace challenges as opportunities to learn?

Our current learning context has created new challenges for students. How students’ approach, respond to and go about solving these specific challenges is a microcosm of their broader approach to learning. Drawing on our current context and exploring various strategies to help students and teachers navigate these times, we’ll unpack how we develop students as learners who are better prepared to do more than survive, but actually thrive on challenges.

'Inspiring, engaging and thought provoking.'

'I really like the way James presented, it was lively, informative and entertaining.'

- previous participants of James' workshops 

Key Takeaways              

  • understanding of the nature of challenges and how the same challenge is different for each student
  • ability to identify our comfort, performance, learning and aspirational zones
  • a new understanding of mindsets and common misconceptions
  • knowledge of what it means to be a successful learner
  • understanding of how to develop more skilful learners

Presenter Information

James Anderson                          

James first became interested in how to teach students to become better thinkers as a classroom teacher in the late ‘90s. Later, as a school leader, he spearheaded a national research project focused on infusing Art Costa and Bena Kallick’s Habits of Mind into schools and classrooms.  He is a Certified Speaking Professional (CSP), presenting around Australia and overseas. As an author, he has published Succeeding with Habits of Mind and The Agile Learner, as well as numerous e-books. He has published with Art Costa and Bena Kallick ‘Learning and Leading with Habits of Mind’ and ‘Habits of Mind Across the Curriculum’. His regular blogs are also read by thousands of educators around the world.

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