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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Being a Parent With a Child With Special Educational Needs

Having grown up with an elder brother with special educational needs, though in his time in school it was known as “mentally handicapped”, I can empathise with this infographic and … Continue reading

May 21, 2018 · Leave a comment

Positive Mental Health

It seems we are often too busy to devote the time and commitment to fostering strong resilience in our children…

May 18, 2018 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: Leadership

May 17, 2018 · Leave a comment

Supporting Students With Chronic Trauma | Edutopia

An American investigation into how to de-escalate negative behaviour patterns in young people. Sadly too many colleagues are having to address this issue which is affecting too many students! De-escalation … Continue reading

May 16, 2018 · Leave a comment

The Content-Based Curriculum

May 15, 2018 · Leave a comment

Metacognition in Context: How Learners Put Themselves in the Learning

Two students do not approach the same problem from the same direction. Their approach is determined by their metacognitive sense of identity as a learner. To be effective their learning … Continue reading

May 14, 2018 · Leave a comment

School pencil cases banned to stop ‘stigma’ | BBC News

A school has banned pencil cases in a bid to stop pupils from poor families being stigmatised. St Wilfrid’s Primary School in Blyth, Northumberland, said it had taken steps to … Continue reading

May 13, 2018 · Leave a comment

Dysgraphia: An Insight

Many years ago a friend and colleague, David Close, gave a stunning presentation on dysgraphia which centred on a group of students who many staff undervalued, and a large box … Continue reading

May 11, 2018 · Leave a comment

London ranked top city for students | BBC News

London has been ranked as the best city in the world for university students. The top 30 rankings for student cities, produced by the QS higher education data analysts, has … Continue reading

May 10, 2018 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: Kindness

May 10, 2018 · Leave a comment

The Hierarchy of Disagreement – The Best and Worst Argument Techniques | Big Think

A classic essay defines different ways to disagree, from the worst to the best, with lessons that ring true in our divisive times. Read it here: The Hierarchy of Disagreement … Continue reading

May 9, 2018 · Leave a comment

Can you really revise while chatting online? | BBC Education

Can you really revise for exams at the same time as conducting multiple simultaneous conversations on social media? It’s peak season for revision for exams in schools and universities, and … Continue reading

May 8, 2018 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: Why Worry?

May 8, 2018 · Leave a comment

Learning 2020 for our Spanish speaking friends…

source: https://www.fulp.es/noticias/diez_habilidades_que_necesitaras_en_tu

May 7, 2018 · Leave a comment

Creating High Performance Teams

High performance teams can only perform consistently in a culture that allows collaboration, risk taking and critical thinking to thrive. Daniel Goleman gives some insights in how to construct and … Continue reading

May 7, 2018 · Leave a comment

Learning to speak Shakespeare like the actors do | BBC News

Between them Stacey, 14, and Maleeha, 13, speak six languages – now they both speak Shakespeare as well. That’s just as well, as the work of the 16th Century dramatist … Continue reading

May 6, 2018 · Leave a comment

How the Different Fields of Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics & Computer Science Fit Together | Open Culture

Ask anyone who’s pursued a career in the sciences what first piqued their interest in what would become their field, and they’ll almost certainly have a story. Source: How the … Continue reading

May 4, 2018 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: Understand Before You Explain

May 3, 2018 · Leave a comment

Education Directions in Finland: School Design – Function and Form

Someone recently posted a link to this school design on LinkedIn and wondered when a British School would follow suit. The question was a silly one because a school does … Continue reading

May 2, 2018 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: Count Them

May 1, 2018 · Leave a comment

Academy Chains… Growth and Mutation

Apparently the privatisation of English education, as represented by the growth of Multiple Academy Chains, has hit an additional problem. Apparently they were working on the basis that they could … Continue reading

April 30, 2018 · 1 Comment

Lesson Planning 101 | Ac-Ed

Originally posted on ace-d:
? It may appear simple to say that there has to be a beginning, middle and end but is important that we do not miss any…

April 29, 2018 · Leave a comment

Reality Check: Who controls your data? | BBC News

New rules on personal data come into force in May. Here’s what you need to know. Read about the impacts of GDPR here on the BBC website: Reality Check: Who … Continue reading

April 28, 2018 · Leave a comment

Looking after Personal Data: GDPR

The activation of the GDPR legislation, designed to provided quality assurance of the data held on individual by organisations, has led to a rush of schools and colleges trying to … Continue reading

April 27, 2018 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: Teaching By Design

April 26, 2018 · Leave a comment

The Myth of the Grammar School…

The claimed benefits are shown to be down to social factors and cherry-picking, says Professor Stephen Gorard, of Durham’s School of Education: Grammar schools do not have better pupil attainment … Continue reading

April 25, 2018 · 1 Comment

Thought For The Day: Training

April 24, 2018 · 1 Comment
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