The Learning Renaissance

Welcome to the Learning Renaissance: Exploring Effective Learning in the 21st century

Welcome to the Learning Renaissance Blog! My name is David Hughes and I am an educator and writer from the United Kingdom. I always said I wouldn’t write a blog … Continue reading

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Dyslexia: A Positive Insight

It is so refreshing to see a positive take on issues related to dyslexia. For all the difficulties in handling social situations, and managing number and literacy, there are insights … Continue reading

July 19, 2019 · Leave a comment

Child mental health unit referrals ‘up nearly 50%’ | BBC News

Referrals to child mental health units from UK primary schools for pupils aged 11 and under have risen by nearly 50% in three years, the BBC has learned. Replies to … Continue reading

July 18, 2019 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: Time You Won’t Get Back

July 18, 2019 · Leave a comment

Flexible Classrooms: Research Is Scarce, But Promising | Edutopia

An ambitious study of 153 classrooms in the United Kingdom provides the best evidence that flexible spaces can boost academic performance. Read the full article here: Flexible Classrooms: Research Is … Continue reading

July 17, 2019 · Leave a comment

7 Outstanding K–8 Flexible Classrooms | Edutopia

K–8 educators from across America provide a peek at their classrooms—and explain how they managed the transformations. See the full article here: 7 Outstanding K–8 Flexible Classrooms | Edutopia

July 17, 2019 · Leave a comment

Reflections on Shifting to a Flexible Classroom | Edutopia

A middle school teacher shares the benefits of giving students voice and choice in their learning environment. Read the full article here: Reflections on Shifting to a Flexible Classroom | Edutopia

July 17, 2019 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: Life As a Teacher

July 16, 2019 · Leave a comment

A Decade for Education to Change or Wither!

I’ve just completed the first draft of my book Re-examining Success. I started on the premise that Excellence is a very dangerous thing on which to base the functioning of … Continue reading

July 15, 2019 · Leave a comment

England university applications hit record numbers | BBC News

Record numbers of 18-year-olds in England have applied for a place at university, figures from Ucas reveal. The admissions service statistics show 236,350 school leavers – 40% in total – … Continue reading

July 14, 2019 · Leave a comment

The Learning Pyramid – Teach What You Learn

In this example of the cone of learning and retention, the flat figure has been transposed into a pyramid and the suggestion is that the volume of each layer graphically … Continue reading

July 12, 2019 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: Robert Heinlein

July 11, 2019 · Leave a comment

How Personalized Learning Unlocks Student Success | Educause

Technology provides higher education with tools that can tailor the learning experience to the individual, help at-risk students master core skills, and develop guided pathways that assess students’ progress toward … Continue reading

July 10, 2019 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: Inspire!

July 9, 2019 · Leave a comment

Differences Between Leadership and Management in Schools

I speak often about the quality of leadership in schools. Often I’m highlighting an imbalance between the leadership and the management roles of the headteacher. There has been a shift … Continue reading

July 8, 2019 · Leave a comment

The Make-Up of Neuro-Diverse Conditions: Symptoms, Signs and Overlaps

I find this helpful infographic by Mary Colley really helpful in understanding the landscape of neuro-diverse conditions and how they overlap. Discussion of these conditions and their impact on the … Continue reading

July 5, 2019 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: Self-Belief

July 4, 2019 · Leave a comment

Closing the Achievement Net: Talk notes and slides | Ac-Ed

Originally posted on ace-d:
Downloadable file After my talk at the 2019 Festival of Education I have prepared a downloadable file covering the key aspects of the session. Like all…

July 3, 2019 · Leave a comment

50+ De-escalation Strategies | Pathway 2 Success

See the full list here: 50+ De-escalation Strategies | Pathway 2 Success

July 3, 2019 · Leave a comment

Autism awareness: ‘Better teacher training needed’ | BBC News

The mum of an autistic 11-year-old has called for better teacher training, saying her son was regularly singled out for displaying symptoms in class. Robbie, from Plymouth in Devon, has made … Continue reading

July 2, 2019 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: Because it Matters

July 2, 2019 · Leave a comment

A word of commendation for Plasq and Comic Life!

We’ve all been in those online conversations with customer relationship departments which seem to be endless, tedious, circuitous and fail to resolve a problem. It would be perhaps asking too … Continue reading

July 2, 2019 · Leave a comment

DfE Teacher Recruitment and Retention Policy… Some Wishful Thinking

This is how the DfE in England hopes to solve the recruitment and retention crisis in English schools … is it too little, is it too late, does it even … Continue reading

July 1, 2019 · 1 Comment

Teacher Recruitment and Retention

I often make a distinction between working in a company and being a teacher. In this case I don’t see a distinction… the principles of teacher retention revolve around these … Continue reading

July 1, 2019 · Leave a comment

LibriVox | free public domain audiobooks

Public domain audiobooks. LibriVox audiobooks are free for anyone to listen to, on their computers, iPods or other mobile device, or to burn onto a CD. View the full library … Continue reading

June 28, 2019 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: Ability, Motivation, Attitude

June 27, 2019 · Leave a comment

19 Big and Small Classroom Management Strategies | Edutopia

The year I started teaching seventh- to twelfth-grade English in Minneapolis, Prince launched his song about urban ruin, “Sign o’ the Times.” That song was an apt musical backdrop for … Continue reading

June 26, 2019 · Leave a comment

What I learnt at the 10th Festival of Education | Ac-Ed

Originally posted on ace-d:
This was my 5th time at the festival but this year I spoke at the festival about the importance of learning relationships and our learning needs…

June 25, 2019 · Leave a comment
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