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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Time Management Choices

We sometimes constrain the effectiveness of our action by adopting particular strategies for managing our workload. If we fail to work systematically we are exacerbating our stress levels and reducing … Continue reading

April 19, 2019 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: One World, One People

April 18, 2019 · Leave a comment

Attributes of Successful Schools in the Digital Age | The Tech Edvocate

I think this may be rather putting the cart before the horse in terms of assuming the significant attributes of schools are their use of digital technologies. It takes more … Continue reading

April 17, 2019 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: From the Heart

April 16, 2019 · Leave a comment

The Qualities of Leadership

I’ve often been amazed at how ineffective leaders become when they are consciously trying to lead. They become preoccupied with the look, rather than the substance of things, about their … Continue reading

April 15, 2019 · Leave a comment

Worsening child poverty harms learning, say teachers | BBC News

Poverty is harming children’s capacity to learn and it’s getting worse, suggests a survey of teachers. Pupils who go to school hungry from cramped, noisy homes where they can’t sleep … Continue reading

April 14, 2019 · Leave a comment

Current CPD Pathways in UK Schools

This useful overview of current CPD pathways comes from Quintin Kynaston. One important element not touched on here is the format of the CPD in terms of it being an … Continue reading

April 12, 2019 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: Kindness

April 11, 2019 · Leave a comment

How Finland’s Amazing Education System Works | Big Think

Finland’s education system works because its entire structure has been around several core principles. First and foremost, equal access to education is a constitutional right. Another important principle is that … Continue reading

April 10, 2019 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: Aristotle

April 9, 2019 · Leave a comment

The International Baccalaureate: Moving Learning in the Right Direction

I first came across the International Baccalaureate (IB) whilst on secondment to the RSA Academy in the West Midlands. Having adopted the Opening Minds curriculum at KS3 and KS4, the … Continue reading

April 8, 2019 · 1 Comment

Ofsted inspection grades challenged | BBC News

Parents should have more reliable measures than Ofsted grades to compare schools in England, says a report from a new education think tank. The EDSK report challenges the accuracy of … Continue reading

April 6, 2019 · 1 Comment

Exercise and Well-Being (3) | BelievePHQ

Guidance for good mental health for teachers from Believe PHQ.

April 5, 2019 · Leave a comment

Exercise and Well-Being (1) | BelievePHQ

Thanks to Jon Tait for sharing this infographic from @BelievePHQ, which is as appropriate to staff as students.

April 5, 2019 · Leave a comment

Did You Know? The Efficiency of Play as a Learning Tool

April 4, 2019 · Leave a comment

The internet is the end of libraries? Not in Finland!

You might be forgiven for thinking that the Tory government subscribed to the view that Libraries were redundant given the ubiquitous nature of the internet. Finland begs to differ and … Continue reading

April 3, 2019 · Leave a comment

17 Teaching Principles of Effective Instruction | TeacherToolkit

What is it that makes a teacher highly effective? The Principles of Effective Teaching, research by Professor Barak Rosenshine. Source: 17 Teaching Principles of Effective Instruction | TeacherToolkit

April 3, 2019 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: The Value of Play

The most progressive and effective learning systems recognise this in their statutory provision of early years education and the age at which it commences. Meanwhile in the UK, the Tory … Continue reading

April 2, 2019 · Leave a comment

More Mistakes…

I’ve always been of the opinion that we learn so much more from our mistakes tan we do from our successes. In part that is why I’ve made so many … Continue reading

April 1, 2019 · Leave a comment

Future Proof Your School: Off and running!

We managed to get the book published a week early and I’ve been astonished by early sales! I published a series of pre-launch Briefing Notes which explored the propositions outlined … Continue reading

April 1, 2019 · Leave a comment

The Learning Value of Mistakes

There are environments where the absolute elimination of mistakes is a critical priority. Piloting airliners and neurosurgery come to mind. School-based learning should be more relaxed and mistakes should be … Continue reading

April 1, 2019 · Leave a comment

Condensed Lesson Planning

Ross Morrison McGill from Teacher Toolkit condenses twenty years of research on effective lesson planning into an A4 sheet… well worth the effort Ross! This single sheet is probably the … Continue reading

March 29, 2019 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: Tolerance

March 28, 2019 · Leave a comment

Dipsticks: Efficient Ways to Check for Understanding

Todd Finlay at Edutopia gives some great advice about checking for understanding. Such checks form a much better format for assessing learning than traditional marking as it gives the child … Continue reading

March 27, 2019 · Leave a comment

How the exam system sets up neuro-diverse students to fail

This is a really important piece by Jules Daulby regarding the double jeopardy that students with learning and behavioural issues, which she encompasses in the term neuro-diverse students, face in … Continue reading

March 26, 2019 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: The Importance of Positivity

March 26, 2019 · Leave a comment
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