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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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Thought For The Day: Caring Adults

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if this was posted in every school staff room and teachers acted on it…?

September 20, 2018 · Leave a comment

How do you improve schools? Start by coaching principals, says new study

It is good to see that my new book on future-proofing schools by focusing on the qualities of leadership appears to be on the money… this US study seems to … Continue reading

September 19, 2018 · Leave a comment

A timely reminder of the paradigm we need to overcome in order for our students to succeed…

September 18, 2018 · Leave a comment

The Direction of Travel in Educational Technology…

This article outlines the top ten trends in educational technology development. Some perennials remain in the list like Personalisation and Gamification, whilst others make the list by dint of new … Continue reading

September 17, 2018 · Leave a comment

Engagement Strategies from teachertrap.com

For those days when your batteries are low and you need to come up with some new learning strategies…

September 14, 2018 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: Try

September 13, 2018 · Leave a comment

Educational False Starts and Heutagogy

I am as prone as the next teacher to exploring new approaches to learning, but it could be said that teachers are naïve suckers for an all-encompassing solution to learning. … Continue reading

September 12, 2018 · Leave a comment

What’s It Like to Have Asperger’s? A 9-Year-Old’s Perspective | The TpT Blog

Read this special interview between a mom and her 9-year-old son with Asperger’s as he talks candidly about sensory issues, social struggles, and more. Read the full interview here: What’s … Continue reading

September 12, 2018 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: Well-Being

September 11, 2018 · Leave a comment

Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Education

I’m always a little sceptical of the claims of the technologists regarding the impact of technologies on learning. Firstly, they are from a technical and not a teaching background Secondly, … Continue reading

September 10, 2018 · Leave a comment

Going back to school in a war zone | BBC News

It’s back to school – but for millions the prospect of another school year will not mean new books, bags and subjects. It will be a struggle to get an … Continue reading

September 9, 2018 · Leave a comment

The Power of Positivity with Children

Another post to start the new academic year on a positive note. I like the spirit, if not the content of some of these comments. Looks a little like someone … Continue reading

September 7, 2018 · Leave a comment

Marking… Making a Fresh Start

Marking, done well and in an ipsative way can enhance the quality and pace of learning. Done badly it helps nobody and eats up teacher time outside the classroom. The … Continue reading

September 7, 2018 · Leave a comment

Important Advice for the New Academic Year

September 6, 2018 · Leave a comment

The Limitations of Screen-based Learning

An interesting philosophical article pleading for more experiential learning which engages all of the senses rather than the replacement of class-based learning with a screen-based experience. Thank you Graham Brown-Martin … Continue reading

September 5, 2018 · Leave a comment

Teachers’ Back to School Training

From the wise people at Pobble. This seemed a very good action research approach to start the new academic year by hardening up the teacher in your life after the … Continue reading

September 4, 2018 · Leave a comment

Some thoughts on ideas to bin for the new academic year!

Thanks to Ross Morrison McGill for these quite refreshing ideas on ideas and practices we could do without in the future… 9 Teaching Ideas to Bin in 2018 | TeacherToolkit

September 3, 2018 · Leave a comment

What makes a ‘toxic’ environment? Part 3 | Ac-Ed

Originally posted on ace-d:
This is part 3 of exploring and dealing with a toxic learning environment where we look at teacher retention.  Part two is here I have mentioned that…

September 2, 2018 · Leave a comment

The Learning Renaissance Growth and Development

  It is really satisfying to see the growth in the international readership of the Learning Renaissance over recent times. The map and figures show a single day’s readership… Each … Continue reading

September 1, 2018 · Leave a comment

The Power of Positive Language

As the new academic year beckons, some thoughts on the language you use with students and the responses it elicits… Much of the response you generate from learners will be … Continue reading

August 31, 2018 · 1 Comment

Thought For The Day: Inspire!

August 30, 2018 · Leave a comment

John Hattie on Verbose Teachers…

I know I have been guilty of talking too much in classrooms, initially because I mistakenly thought that my role was to teach, rather than enable learning. John Hattie shows … Continue reading

August 29, 2018 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: Community of Tolerance

August 28, 2018 · Leave a comment

Reading – The Foundation for Learning

Considering they have been in power for eight years, it is a bit disingenuous for a Tory Education Minister to find that there are children who struggle with basic literacy … Continue reading

August 27, 2018 · Leave a comment

A Simple Mental Health Pain Scale | The Graceful Patient

Originally posted on The Graceful Patient:
A good friend pointed out, after my last post on the importance of physical pain scale accuracy, that we lack decent ways to communicate…

August 26, 2018 · Leave a comment

How Teachers Make a Difference…

Some more thoughts on how teachers can be systematic in their quest to make a difference in the lives of young people… once again, there is no mention of content … Continue reading

August 24, 2018 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: Educate Yourself

August 23, 2018 · Leave a comment
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