The Learning Renaissance

Welcome to the Learning Renaissance: Exploring Effective Learning in the 21st century

A new year and a new enterprise… The Learning Renaissance Blog! My name is David Hughes and I am an educator and writer from the United Kingdom. I always said I … Continue reading

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Thought For The Day: Opening Doors

August 25, 2016 · Leave a comment

Digital Darwinism and Schooling

Another entry in the occasional series by Mal Lee and Roger Broadie on the future uses of ICT in Learning. Digital Darwinism, as the term connotes can lead to the … Continue reading

August 24, 2016 · Leave a comment

Teachers urged to submit GCSE and A-level questions | BBC News

A major exam board is to ask teachers to submit potential questions for GCSE and A-level exams. Teachers are to be asked to submit challenging GCSE and A-level exam questions … Continue reading

August 23, 2016 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: Smart or Wise?

August 23, 2016 · Leave a comment

Intros and Outros for the Classroom

Setting the tone and expectation for learning in the classroom will determine the success that students experience in the lesson. Such techniques establish routines and expectations for learning. Rebecca Alber outlines … Continue reading

August 22, 2016 · Leave a comment

Firms offered £2,000 incentive to take on apprentices | BBC News

Employers in England are being offered an extra £2,000 to take on teenagers, care leavers and those with special education needs as apprentices. Under the plans, small businesses will be … Continue reading

August 21, 2016 · Leave a comment

Old and New Learning – Some Key Dimensions

  Key features of the school of the 21st century outlined … How close does learning in your school match the features on the right… and what are you doing to … Continue reading

August 19, 2016 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: Live and Learn

August 18, 2016 · Leave a comment

Building Student Cognitive Flexibility

Judy Willis overlooks a different way for teachers to operate in the classroom in which student learning development and critical thinking play the key role: Building Students’ Cognitive Flexibility | … Continue reading

August 17, 2016 · Leave a comment

The importance of a positive teacher-student relationship: it can boost good behavior in teens for up to 4 years | ace-d

Originally posted on From experience to meaning…: We’ve known for a long time that a positive relationship between teachers and students is important for learning. In the work of John … Continue reading

August 16, 2016 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: Never Give Up

August 16, 2016 · Leave a comment

Economics Explained and the Power of the Animate

Starting with some talks by Sir Ken Robinson on educational futures some years ago, the Royal Society of the Arts, Commerce and Manufactures (RSA) regularly produces talks in an Animate format. … Continue reading

August 15, 2016 · Leave a comment

The real Van Gogh – A genius not driven by madness but crippled by it | BBC Arts

Vincent van Gogh is the original tortured artist. The famous severed ear, the suicide by gunshot, and the vast body of work ‘discovered’ after his death – all shorthand for … Continue reading

August 14, 2016 · Leave a comment

Social division stays in online learning | BBC News

There are strong social divisions in how young people use digital technology, according to international research from the OECD. The economics think tank found that in many countries wealthy and … Continue reading

August 13, 2016 · Leave a comment

Schools Reinvented, or Rather Learning Reinvented

An interesting presentation from School House about reinventing schools for the 21st century. Amazing how often people say “changing schools” when what they really mean is “changing learning”…

August 12, 2016 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: Be Light

August 11, 2016 · Leave a comment

As a Teacher You Are Never Too Old to Learn

When you have been teaching for a number of years, the cyclical nature of the academic year and the constant administrative demands can make for teaching on automatic pilot. This … Continue reading

August 10, 2016 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: Teach Peace

August 9, 2016 · Leave a comment

Understanding Student Behaviours

  This article from Dr Richard Curwin on Edutopia rings true to me. I remember  particularly disruptive child in an inner city secondary school who would drive me to distraction … Continue reading

August 8, 2016 · Leave a comment

Outstanding schools take too few poor pupils, study says | BBC News

Poor children in England are less likely to attend the best schools, even if they live nearby, suggests a new analysis of official figures. The Schooldash blog compared the proportion … Continue reading

August 7, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Importance of Meta Learning and the Foundations of a New Values Curriculum

The curriculum in public education is usually expressed as an accumulation of knowledge, usually defined at some point by those who fund the education service. In England, that has ossified … Continue reading

August 5, 2016 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: Do Good

August 4, 2016 · Leave a comment

It’s Not What You Do, It’s the Way That You Do It – Habits of Effective Teachers

When you think back to the teachers who have had the most impact on your life what impressions remain? Is it the subject knowledge they imparted, or their attitudes, values … Continue reading

August 3, 2016 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: Ask a Silly Question

August 2, 2016 · Leave a comment

The 21st Century Citizen

Education does not stand in isolation in society. It performs a range of transformational actions, particularly in transmitting cultural values between generations. For this reason it is vital that any … Continue reading

August 1, 2016 · Leave a comment

Science careers not only for boffins, says Prof Brian Cox | BBC News

Science careers are not “boring or only for boffins”, says Prof Brian Cox.  The physicist and TV presenter says it annoys him “that people still have these perceptions”. Prof Cox … Continue reading

July 31, 2016 · Leave a comment

Five Ways the Great Fire Changed London

The Great Fire of London raged for four days in 1666, destroying much of the city and leaving some 100,000 people homeless. As the Museum of London prepares to mark … Continue reading

July 29, 2016 · Leave a comment

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