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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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Five words that don’t mean what you think they do | TheConversation.com

How words are used change over time and insisting that their original meaning be adhered to is pretty silly… Find out more here: Five words that don’t mean what you … Continue reading

April 23, 2021 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: True Learning

April 22, 2021 · Leave a comment

How Predictable Routines Can Support Students This Summer | Edutopia

As a difficult school year comes to a close, many students will benefit from planning ahead for summer well-being. Patterned repetitive experiences can help us create new ways of thinking, … Continue reading

April 21, 2021 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: Pencils

April 20, 2021 · 1 Comment

9 Principles of Student Engagement in a Virtual Classroom | TeachThought

For educators around the world, remote learning went from a boutique instructional option to a global necessity in a manner of months. And, while the majority of teachers and students … Continue reading

April 19, 2021 · Leave a comment

Skribbl | Free, Hand-Drawn Illustrations

Free, hand-drawn illustrations brought to you by a growing community of aspiring creatives. You can use these free illustrations for any purpose, without attribution. Visit the website here: Skribbl | … Continue reading

April 16, 2021 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: Roots

April 15, 2021 · Leave a comment

4 Relationship-Building Strategies to Help Finish the School Year Strong | Edutopia

Students still have time to make connections with their classmates, and projects that require teamwork are a great place to start. A sense of community is the foundation of everything … Continue reading

April 14, 2021 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: Strive for Progress

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NEU teachers: Scrap GCSEs and A levels to fight racism | TES

NEU members vote to call for an end to GCSEs and A levels in favour of assessment that includes ‘global perspectives’. “We are witnessing a huge push forward on anti-racism … Continue reading

April 12, 2021 · Leave a comment

The Case Against Procrastination

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Thought For The Day: The Magic of Spring

April 8, 2021 · Leave a comment

Why Black Teachers Walk Away | Edutopia

Black teachers are leaving the profession at staggering rates. A new study highlights some of the reasons why. Toya Frank was disheartened by a conversation she was having with a parent … Continue reading

April 7, 2021 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: A Kind Word

April 6, 2021 · Leave a comment

In Search of Future Learning…

This is where UK school education currently resides… in a stale curriculum based on increasingly redundant knowledge. Taught in cohorts of 30+ to a strict regimen of bells in a … Continue reading

April 5, 2021 · Leave a comment

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Thought For The Day: Darkness and Light

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So you think you know more grammar than your children? | BBC Radio 4

Test your knowledge with our user-friendly quiz based on Year 6 SATs-style questions. Take the quiz here: So you think you know more grammar than your children? | BBC Radio … Continue reading

March 31, 2021 · Leave a comment

Coronavirus and UK Kids: A Newsround survey

BBC Newsround spoke to more than 2,000 children from all around the UK to find out how a year of coronavirus has affected young people. Take a look at the … Continue reading

March 31, 2021 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: Diversity, Inclusion, Belonging

March 30, 2021 · Leave a comment

What the Pandemic Is Doing to Our Brains | The Atlantic

We have been doing this so long, we’re forgetting how to be normal. I’ve started keeping a list of questions, remnants of a past life that I now need a … Continue reading

March 29, 2021 · Leave a comment

You’re Dead To Me | BBC Radio 4

Discover the history podcast for people who don’t like history… and those who do. Greg Jenner brings together the best names in comedy and history to learn and laugh about … Continue reading

March 26, 2021 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: Keep Walking

March 25, 2021 · Leave a comment

Hunting ‘Fake History’ and How To Spot False Historical Images Online | HistoryExtra

False information and images about the past can now spread more quickly than ever before. Jo Hedwig Teeuwisse, social media’s Fake History Hunter, explains more about the rise of ‘fake’ … Continue reading

March 24, 2021 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: Bob Marley on Greatness

March 23, 2021 · Leave a comment

Why Teachers May Want to Try Writing as a Hobby | Edutopia

Engaging in writing—whether fiction or nonfiction—has immense benefits, including improved critical thinking and better memory. Whether you’re interested in beginning or you’re reworking your life as a writer, you might … Continue reading

March 22, 2021 · Leave a comment

New children’s commissioner pledges to ‘rebuild’ childhood | BBC News

The new children’s commissioner for England wants to “rebuild childhood” after the disruption of the pandemic. Dame Rachel de Souza says the scale of the challenge is like reconstructing the … Continue reading

March 21, 2021 · Leave a comment

If You Can’t Reach Them You Can’t Teach Them – Building Effective Learning Relationships by Kevin Hewitson | Critical Publishing

So good to see friend and colleague Kev Hewitson’s book finally in print. The ideas behind the book have been over twenty years in the making and bring his extensive … Continue reading

March 19, 2021 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: Feeling Overwhelmed?

March 18, 2021 · Leave a comment

How to Be a Warm Demander During the Pandemic | Edutopia

The concept of being a “warm demander” has been held as an ideal approach for educators to adopt, especially as they pursue more equitable practices in education. Balancing warmth and … Continue reading

March 17, 2021 · Leave a comment

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