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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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5 Ways School Leaders Can Work to Prevent Teacher Burnout | Edutopia

Retaining teachers can be a challenge, especially now, but focusing on making the workload more manageable helps. Effective leaders understand that added pressure with no added purpose will simply lead … Continue reading

January 19, 2022 · Leave a comment

Music Learning: the Work of Phil Rooke

Phil Rooke has been a friend for a number of years now. He brings passion, ingenuity and collaboration to all his work with young people. He has recently begun pulling … Continue reading

January 18, 2022 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: Can I Still Succeed?

January 18, 2022 · Leave a comment

Lost your get up and go? Here’s how to get it back | The Guardian

After a lifetime of loving exercise, Martin Love lost his motivation. But where had it gone? And could he get it back? Plus, five experts on how to maintain your … Continue reading

January 17, 2022 · Leave a comment

Lesson Exit Prompts | Literacy in Focus

A simple series of prompts to help you design effective plenary sessions for your lessons from Literacy in Focus. Please share any particularly successful prompts you use to end and … Continue reading

January 14, 2022 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: New Year Optimism

January 13, 2022 · Leave a comment

How School Leaders Can Support Teachers and Students This Year | Edutopia

Rather than push more content and new initiatives, this year teachers and administrators should consider scaling back. One of the things we know about brains that have been pushed too … Continue reading

January 12, 2022 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: The First Rule of 2022

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The Value of Dogs, and Animals Generally, in Promoting Mental Health

I smiled when I saw this image appear on site. Five and a half years ago we made what was the boldest and best investment ever… in our golden Labrador, … Continue reading

January 10, 2022 · Leave a comment

Get Set with Radio 1 | Canvas

Adrienne Herbert, wellness professional and host of Get Set with Radio 1, shares five of her top tips for maintaining mental fitness and resilience as you take on new challenges … Continue reading

January 7, 2022 · Leave a comment

A Very Merry Christmas from the Learning Renaissance

We would like to wish all our followers a happy and peaceful Christmas holiday. After (another) challenging year, we have everything crossed that 2022 brings better fortunes. David and Sue … Continue reading

December 23, 2021 · Leave a comment

Festive Creativity

At Lancaster Library, via Sophie Devonshire on Instagram

December 23, 2021 · Leave a comment

The 10 Most Significant Education Studies of 2021 | Edutopia

From reframing our notion of “good” schools to mining the magic of expert teachers, here’s a curated list of must-read research from 2021. Find the list compiled by Youki Terada, … Continue reading

December 22, 2021 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: Find the Wonder

December 21, 2021 · Leave a comment

You’re Dead To Me | 8 amazing facts about the history of Christmas | BBC Radio 4

Find out how some of our most-loved festive customs began: You’re Dead To Me | 8 amazing facts about the history of Christmas | BBC Radio 4

December 20, 2021 · Leave a comment

As Christmas Draws Near…

The simplest things are often the most effective, and tired and frazzled teachers sometimes lose sight of this. Have a successful end to your term and a restful and happy … Continue reading

December 20, 2021 · Leave a comment

How to Learn From Your Mistakes | MindTools.com

Learning from your mistakes is one thing. Putting what you’ve learned into practice is another. Follow these five steps to avoid repeating those mistakes. Find out more here: How to … Continue reading

December 17, 2021 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: There Are No Mistakes

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How To Bounce Back From a Big Mistake | Adobe 99U

Everybody makes mistakes. But the true measure of a man – or woman – is how they recover. Here are six tips on bouncing back gracefully: How To Bounce Back … Continue reading

December 15, 2021 · Leave a comment

How to Increase Your Mistake Tolerance | Psychology Today

Don’t avoid mistakes; learn from them. Childhood social anxiety is correlated with making mistakes. Those with low self-esteem suffer the most. Instead of looking at the error as an opportunity … Continue reading

December 15, 2021 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: Joyce Brothers on Mistakes

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The Value of Errors in Learning

Thanks to Daniel Sobel for supplying this little aide memoire to dealing with mistakes in the classroom setting, whether they be made by the pupil or the teacher. Nothing inhibits … Continue reading

December 13, 2021 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: Executive Function Strategies

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Thought For The Day: Listening for the Why

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Quit Lying to Yourself | The Atlantic

Real happiness starts with telling yourself the truth, even when it hurts. These self-lies delay the changes we need to make, and abet our lies to others. In fact, self-deception … Continue reading

December 6, 2021 · Leave a comment

Education Toolkit | TRAID

TRAID has launched Behind the Seams – a new free resource to support educators to promote education for sustainability. The toolkit uses participatory teaching methods to explore the socio-environmental impacts … Continue reading

December 3, 2021 · Leave a comment

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