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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Top 10 World Changing Events of the 20th Century from Cambridge University Press

A free, themed classroom poster each month from Cambridge University Press. Pin and print for use in your classroom! Classroom Posters on Pinterest | Cambridge University Press

February 15, 2019 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: Mutual Support

February 14, 2019 · Leave a comment

7 Deadly School Sins | TeacherToolkit

  I was amazed in the course of my school career about how much time was spent in busy work. Things which were done without question, and with little effectiveness. … Continue reading

February 13, 2019 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: Humility

February 12, 2019 · Leave a comment

Future Learning Models – An End to Curriculum!

Seymour Papert was seeing it clearly two decades ago. The pace of change in knowledge is so fast that it is meaningless to build a curriculum on a foundation of … Continue reading

February 11, 2019 · 1 Comment

Which Apps Are Safe for Kids? Three Tools That Read the Fine Print for You | EdSurge

Who has the time to read the fine print of terms and conditions… especially when it is an enticing new app which promises you the world? Well we certainly should … Continue reading

February 8, 2019 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: Personal Motivation

February 7, 2019 · Leave a comment

The Emotional Energy Matrix in Your School

An interesting article from Joseph Little,┬á Director at CPC SYSTEMS LIMITED on the emotional energy matrix and its applications to organisations. It certainly rings true of every school I’ve worked … Continue reading

February 6, 2019 · Leave a comment

Future Proof Your School: Cultural knowledge, in-house experience and project planning methodologies

Every learning organisation has a culture. This forms an underlying set of values and ways of doing things which determines how practice is maintained, and changes resisted or embraced. This … Continue reading

February 5, 2019 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: Stigma

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What is Wrong With the School System…

The schools and reformed penal system of the nineteenth century had similar antecedents and moral drivers and came up with extraordinarily similar systems for the management of those in the … Continue reading

February 4, 2019 · Leave a comment

Effective Coping Skills

Stress and depression seem to be increasingly impinging on the quality of student and teacher lives. Although the symptoms are readily recognisable, people are less aware of ways to cope … Continue reading

February 1, 2019 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: The Purpose of Education

January 31, 2019 · Leave a comment

Are there any teachers out there who would encourage their students to pursue teaching?

An interesting article by Sandro Bellantone which hints at what is behind the teacher recruitment and retention crisis… Are there any teachers out there who would encourage their students to … Continue reading

January 30, 2019 · 2 Comments

Teacher Mental Health in Your School: An Essential Audit Tool

Many thanks to the redoubtable Steve Waters for his kind permission to reproduce this essential and comprehensive mental health audit tool for your school. The current teacher recruitment and retention … Continue reading

January 29, 2019 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: Teacher Inspiration

For those days when you question why you are still teaching. It tends not to be the students that get you down, but the administration.

January 29, 2019 · Leave a comment

The Reasons Why Teachers (and Others) Leave Jobs…

This has certainly been my experience in education. Sadly, too many schools do not conduct effective induction and leaving programmes so that they can monitor this issue and take steps … Continue reading

January 28, 2019 · Leave a comment

Managerialism and Micro-Management

The tendency for educational leaders to be overly-invested in exploring and manipulating data, without recourse to culture and learning represents one of the worst trends in international education. A second … Continue reading

January 28, 2019 · Leave a comment

Effective Self-Management

Being able to rationalise all the forces acting on you in times of great pressure is a particularly useful coping strategy and a guide to where you should devote your … Continue reading

January 25, 2019 · Leave a comment

Secondary league tables – poor pupils behind for next 70 years | BBC News

League tables go live and BBC News reveals how long it could take for poorer pupils to do as well as the rest. Read the full story here: Secondary tables … Continue reading

January 24, 2019 · Leave a comment

Future Proof Your School 1: Why School INSET persistently fails to raise teaching and learning standards

I would preface my remarks here by saying that the basis for my observations in this article come from practice in the UK. However, conversations with colleagues in Australia, Canada … Continue reading

January 22, 2019 · 2 Comments

Thought For The Day: Promoting Change

January 22, 2019 · Leave a comment

The Power of Confidence

This is a useful exercise to try in CPD days. Ask your team to write down what they would do if they knew that they could not fail in their … Continue reading

January 21, 2019 · Leave a comment

Feedback and the folly of book marking for teachers and students alike

Thanks to Jon Tait for this little insight into a debate that has been going on for generations in education. When I started teaching, I had an expectation, developed from … Continue reading

January 20, 2019 · Leave a comment

Permission Slips for Teachers and Students

I was very taken by this sheet by┬ánorthstarpaths.com, recently shared by Finnish educator Pirjo Suhonen. I suggest we print and distribute to classes and the staff room, particularly the slip … Continue reading

January 18, 2019 · Leave a comment
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