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Building the Curriculum of the Future: Can you help? An Appeal to Education Leaders Worldwide

Noting the general malaise in education reported in the Western world I’m keen to explore solutions. In the past, the standard response to widespread teacher dissatisfaction has been a pay … Continue reading

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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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3 Ways to Help Students Learn From Their Tests | Edutopia

Participating in a review exercise right after a test is an effective way for students to strengthen their metacognitive skills. Encourage students to do a brain dump right after a … Continue reading

February 8, 2023 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: The Importance of Why

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Follow the Science!

Michael Lawrence has become a regular correspondent. His field of expertise is Finnish education and how it can be applied to other contexts, in his case in his native Australia. … Continue reading

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Boss or Leader?

I have experienced wonderful and appalling leaders in my time in education and this infographic just about sums up the differences between the best and the worst. It might be … Continue reading

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Thought For The Day: What Unites Us

(this quote is commonly mis-attributed to Nelson Mandela. See this Tweet and Reuters Fact-check for accurate attribution.)

February 2, 2023 · Leave a comment

Using Infographics to Build Media Literacy and Higher-Order Thinking Skills | Edutopia

Teaching infographic literacy involves asking students to flex their critical thinking skills – and their creative muscles. To guide teachers, Smith and Robertson suggest a new framework breaking down the … Continue reading

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Thought For The Day: Beware Statistics!

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Towards a Holistic View of 21st Century Learning

I suppose the Venn diagram illustrated above represents Nirvana for teachers and wider educators looking to develop a paradigm, and practical implementation strategy for 21st-century learners. Unfortunately, with the exception … Continue reading

January 30, 2023 · Leave a comment

What Did You Learn at School Today? Was it Useful or Relevant?

Discuss.   View this post on Instagram A post shared by Josh (@josh__kuo)

January 27, 2023 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: Culture and Learning

Simon has clearly worked in similar schools to me to have had this insight!

January 26, 2023 · Leave a comment

Incorporating Simple, Student-Designed Assessments in School | Edutopia

Many thanks to Lindsay Mitchell for this useful Edutopia article on making learners more involved in their own assessment. The move from testing as something ‘done to’ students to a … Continue reading

January 25, 2023 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: The Best Place to Learn

Originally shared HERE on Twitter.

January 24, 2023 · Leave a comment

Why Finland?

I am certainly not alone in my veneration of Finnish teachers. I was going to say the Finnish Education System there, but that is not the full picture. It is … Continue reading

January 23, 2023 · Leave a comment

The Antidote to Managerialism and KPIs

Originally posted here.

January 20, 2023 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: Samuel Johnson on Reading

January 19, 2023 · Leave a comment

Sketchnotes and Concept Maps Can Increase Comprehension | Edutopia

Organizational drawings – concept maps and sketchnotes, for example – help students see gaps in their learning while boosting comprehension by fourfold. By visually mapping their knowledge, organizational sketches help … Continue reading

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Thought For The Day: The True Cost of Education

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Future Proof Your School finds a Global Audience…

I must admit that when Julia and Di at Critical Publishing suggested the title of  ‘Future Proof Your School‘ for my book of strategies and approaches to encourage school improvement … Continue reading

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New Year: Intensified Message for Change

It has been heartening in the almost ten years that the Learning Renaissance has been running, to find that what once sounded like a lone voice advocating change has now … Continue reading

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The Power of Writing and Creative Expression

Thanks to Stephen Bartlett for sharing this infographic from @milanicreative.  I smiled when I saw it, as it reminded me of a point I always used to make when supporting … Continue reading

January 13, 2023 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: The Importance of Environment on the Flourishing Learner

I am indebted to Jonny Katz for sharing this on LinkedIn and to Alexander Den Heijer for the original quote.  Conformity to an essentially industrial quality control model crushes the … Continue reading

January 12, 2023 · Leave a comment

3 Ways to Help Students Learn From Their Tests | Edutopia

Thanks to Sarah Kesty for this timely reminder from Edutopia about maximising the value of a test for student learning. Too often tests are seen simply as a pedagogical device … Continue reading

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Thought For The Day: Protecting Childhood From Education

Not surprisingly, those countries which have undertaken thorough reviews of the requirements of 21st-century education have all come to the conclusion that informal education before school age is critical in … Continue reading

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A Framework for Fostering Rigour in Project-Based Learning (PBL): Hexagonal Thinking

The move away from a content-led curriculum and towards more project-based learning characterises the determination to give pupils more agency, control, independence and autonomy in their learning. However, there is … Continue reading

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Why do we keep misspelling these words? | BBC Bitesize

What commonly misspelt words reveal about the evolution of the English language… Source: Why do we keep misspelling these words? | BBC Bitesize

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Thought For The Day: Stress vs Passion

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New Year, New Habits: 5 Tips for Great Teaching | Resilient Educator

The middle of the school year is a perfect time to take stock of your goals and accomplishments while correcting any bad habits students may have developed. Read the article … Continue reading

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Thought For The Day: Make It Count

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Seasons Greetings from the Learning Renaissance

We would like to wish all our followers a happy and peaceful Christmas holiday. We’ll be taking a break in our posts over the holidays, but will be back with … Continue reading

December 23, 2022 · Leave a comment

You’re Dead To Me – The Victorian Christmas | BBC Sounds

Why do we celebrate Christmas with cards, crackers and a tree? Join us as we travel back and explore the weird and wonderful history of the Victorian Christmas. Just who … Continue reading

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