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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Emotions and Reflection: Changing People’s Minds

Having people, be they students or teachers, reflect on their thinking and be prepared to consider other perspectives is a difficult process. It may feel impossible when you consider the … Continue reading

November 22, 2017 · 1 Comment

Thought For The Day: The Independent Child

November 21, 2017 · Leave a comment

Some Principles in Designing Learning Spaces – Rosen Bosch

When working on the Building Schools for the Future programme we always used to talk about learning spaces, even when teachers talked about classrooms. The standard classroom can be a … Continue reading

November 20, 2017 · Leave a comment

LQ and a Learning Mindset

Originally posted on ace-d:
Part 1 Our beliefs, values and experience amongst other things impact how successful we are when we undertake tasks. How we behave when involved in activities…

November 18, 2017 · Leave a comment

Science in the Classroom: The Gatsby Charitable Foundation

The Gatsby Charitable Foundation is a UK-based science promotion organisation which celebrates applied STEM projects to enliven the curriculum. Here is a link to their extensive website for ideas for … Continue reading

November 17, 2017 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: George Santayana

November 16, 2017 · Leave a comment

Teaching to the Test – the Bane of Learning

This is a Telegraph article about the debilitating effect that ‘teaching to the test’ has on learning and learners. Extending GCSEs to a three year course merely swallows up more … Continue reading

November 15, 2017 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: The Permanence of Feelings

November 14, 2017 · Leave a comment

Compassion as a Classroom Tool: an article by Andrea Marshbank

If the first year of teaching leads you to a single conclusion, it should be this… that being fair is more important than being right. Too many new entrants to … Continue reading

November 13, 2017 · Leave a comment

Close Reading – Read Like a Detective

WeAreTeachers have created two posters – one for teachers and one for students – that explain close reading in more detail. Source: Understanding Close Reading: Download our Infographic Now! | … Continue reading

November 10, 2017 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: John Dewey

Let’s hear it for the librarians and archivists… they also serve who classify and catalogue to make sense of the world!

November 9, 2017 · Leave a comment

A Skill Strong Readers Share | Edutopia

Metacognition helps readers analyze texts as they read, and it’s a skill you can teach your students. Read all about it here: A Skill Strong Readers Share | Edutopia

November 8, 2017 · Leave a comment

Why Kids Can’t Write | NYTimes.com

Some say English instruction must get back to basics, with a focus on grammar. But won’t that stifle a student’s personal voice? Source: Why Kids Can’t Write | NYTimes.com

November 8, 2017 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: Storytime

November 7, 2017 · Leave a comment

A Worrying Trend in English Education: The Disappearing Headteacher

The privatisation of education in England has seen the reduction in the scope and role of the Local Education Authority, who were the overseeing and accountable body in counties and … Continue reading

November 6, 2017 · 1 Comment

UK Educational Think Tanks: Influence and Orientation

Educational policy is shaped by many factors. In the UK the professional teaching body yields seemingly little influence in the shaping of the educational debate and tends to be consulted … Continue reading

November 3, 2017 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: Speaking to Children

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November 2, 2017 · Leave a comment

The Relevance and Impact of Homework on Learning and Pupil Progress

The relevance and impact of homework on learning and pupil progress continues to be a source of controversy amongst pupils, parents, senior leaders and governors. Andrew Jones reports that the … Continue reading

November 1, 2017 · 1 Comment

Thought For The Day: Animals and Us

October 31, 2017 · Leave a comment

University admissions: The art of the personal statement | BBC

The half-term holiday is almost over and, for many students in their final year of school, university applications are high on the agenda. So, you’ve chosen your preferred courses and … Continue reading

October 30, 2017 · Leave a comment

What the Best Education Systems Are Doing Right

Finnish and Asian educational systems are often quoted as leading the OECD Educational Performance tables and models to aspire to emulate. Such talk is too simplistic as any understanding of … Continue reading

October 30, 2017 · 1 Comment

Some Innovative Ideas on Assessment from ImpactWales

Involving students more in the assessment of their own work helps them understand their targets and their personal progression. As they transition from school to work, being able to be … Continue reading

October 27, 2017 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: Be a Candle

October 26, 2017 · Leave a comment

Why Don’t We Differentiate Professional Development? | Edutopia

PD could be more effective if we differentiated it by gauging teachers’ readiness, utilizing their interests, involving them in the process, and providing continual assessment opportunities. Read the full article … Continue reading

October 25, 2017 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: The Price of Educational Reform

October 24, 2017 · Leave a comment

Neuroscience should be taught to all teachers to help pupils learn | TES.com

An interesting academic study, recorded in the TES, recounting the need to make teachers more aware of the science of learning so that they can help promote better learning methodologies … Continue reading

October 23, 2017 · Leave a comment

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