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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Thought For The Day: The Company You Keep

July 19, 2018 · Leave a comment

How Books and Television Affect Your Brain Differently, According to Science

There’s a perception that books are good, while TV is bad. Spend a day curled up with a book and you’re an intellectual, but spend a day watching your favorite … Continue reading

July 18, 2018 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: Rest Your Mind

July 17, 2018 · Leave a comment

The Stresses on Modern Teenagers in the West

An interesting discussion piece on the stresses on modern teenagers. I have qualified the piece with the modifier “in the west” as I don’t think we can assume that the … Continue reading

July 16, 2018 · Leave a comment

The marketisation of English schools: students paying the cost of the market

An article from the Guardian on the negative effects bringing schools into a market place for education implemented by the Tory Government. Students are jettisoned in the middle of their … Continue reading

July 15, 2018 · Leave a comment

The Baggage or Benefits Your Students Bring to Class

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Thought For The Day: Environment

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July 12, 2018 · Leave a comment

A Case for Finger Counting | Edutopia

A study published in Frontiers in Education suggests that this may be a mistake because finger counting seems to boost math learning when paired with number games. Read the full … Continue reading

July 11, 2018 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: The Butterfly Principle

July 10, 2018 · Leave a comment

Neural State and Student Emotional Behaviour

I remember wading into quite a serious fight at school and having to separate the antagonists and make a quick assessment of their emotional states so as to decide who … Continue reading

July 9, 2018 · Leave a comment

Self Control

This is a useful infographic via Daniel Sobel which helps to explain things within and beyond the control of the individual. I would suggest a copy appears in every classroom… … Continue reading

July 6, 2018 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: Textbook Learning

July 5, 2018 · Leave a comment

25 Attention-Getters to Calm A Noisy Classroom | Education to the Core

As teachers, we know the value of having good attention getters to quiet noisy classrooms. I have always wanted a comprehensive list of all of the best attention getters in … Continue reading

July 4, 2018 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: Inclusion or Exclusion

July 3, 2018 · Leave a comment

TV and Video in the Classroom: The Distance Travelled

It is many years ago that I had my first brush with television technology in the classroom. I was in the last year in primary school and at 10.45 in … Continue reading

July 2, 2018 · Leave a comment

Pinning Down a Definition of Emotional Resilience

Education seems agreed that we need more emotional resilience as it is a good thing but, you can’t develop it until you define it. Via Daniel Sobel. Download the pdf … Continue reading

June 29, 2018 · Leave a comment

Mindset: The Key to Culture and Emotional Well-being in Schools

June 29, 2018 · Leave a comment

Managing Emotions: Key Questions to Ask

A useful infographic from The Gottman Institute explores how to develop emotional resilience and awareness as a student and a teacher.

June 28, 2018 · Leave a comment

10 Things to Stop Saying to Your Kids (and What to Say Instead)

Current research shows that some of the most commonly used and seemingly positive phrases we use with kids are actually quite destructive. Despite our good intentions, these statements teach children … Continue reading

June 27, 2018 · Leave a comment

Behaviour: What’s Below the Surface

I’ve always believed that what constitutes poor student behaviour has reasons. If you can understand the reasons which bring on the behaviour, you might have as chance of modifying it. … Continue reading

June 26, 2018 · 2 Comments

Emotional First Aid for Teachers and Students!

The best teachers will be remembered not for the content of their lessons, but for the care and support they showed their students. This outlines a systematic way to support … Continue reading

June 25, 2018 · Leave a comment

Fake news harms children’s self-esteem and trust, say MPs | BBC News

Children with poor literacy skills struggle most to tell which stories are false, says a report. A few weeks ago, Chloe, 13, shared a hoax story about the alleged death of … Continue reading

June 24, 2018 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: Invest Wisely

June 21, 2018 · Leave a comment

The What and How of Flipped Learning

An interesting blog post from WIZIQ on the ideas behind the concept of Flipped Learning… Teachers crave to see all their students participating enthusiastically in the class. Instructors adopting flipped … Continue reading

June 20, 2018 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: Making it Possible

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Data Management and Purposes

The fact that we can accumulate data, does not give it some spurious meaning or validation. The management of data in schools should be about yielding insights into how to … Continue reading

June 18, 2018 · Leave a comment
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