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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Learning Styles Myth Debunked

Over a decade ago the idea that students exhibited learning styles was gaining ground. The underlying assumption was that students had a preferred learning style with might involve receiving written … Continue reading

July 24, 2017 · 1 Comment

10 charts that show the effect of tuition fees | BBC News

University tuition fees in England have become a political battleground – with renewed calls that they should be scrapped.When they were increased a few years ago to £9,000 they became … Continue reading

July 22, 2017 · Leave a comment

Future First – an alumni community for every state school and college

Former students can have a transformative effect on the lives of young people at their old schools and colleges. Future First aims to create a national culture of alumni engagement so that … Continue reading

July 21, 2017 · Leave a comment

Young Enterprise: Volunteering

The excitement and satisfaction of mentoring, of transforming attitudes, and of helping young people open their eyes to the world of enterprise keeps many of our volunteers coming back year … Continue reading

July 21, 2017 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: Mentoring For All

July 20, 2017 · Leave a comment

The Neuroscience of Mindfulness

I often complain that neuroscience research is so nuanced as to have no practical benefits to learning. Here is an article by Kristyna Zapletal that is prepared to venture into practicality: … Continue reading

July 19, 2017 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: The Power of Mentoring

July 18, 2017 · Leave a comment

Every Child Needs a Mentor (ECNAM)

Mentoring provides a different paradigm for learning that stresses partnership and empowerment for the student in the relationship with the teacher/mentor.  Mentor Herman Stewart posted this case study from his … Continue reading

July 17, 2017 · Leave a comment

Can a scholarship in peace studies really make a difference? | BBC | Dhruti Shah

  “What, drawn, and talk of peace! I hate the word.” And with that, in Act One, Scene One, Tybalt, the violent “Prince of Cats” in William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet … Continue reading

July 16, 2017 · Leave a comment

Listening and Speaking – A Useful Infographic

Serpil Tuti-Sarı presented this useful infographic from plantlovegrow.com relating listening to speaking. It puts me in mind of the old saying, “Engage your brain before engaging your mouth!”

July 14, 2017 · 1 Comment

Thought For The Day: The Power of Classroom Discussion

July 13, 2017 · Leave a comment

Why Good Schools Are Happy Places | HuffPost

Consider all that occurs in the short span of ten minutes at the start of each day at my son’s school. Students participate in a community that values play, song, … Continue reading

July 12, 2017 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: Diligence

July 11, 2017 · Leave a comment

A Riposte to the Traditional Written Exam

This is a forthright and provocative attack on standard written examinations from the CEO of Yacapaca, Ian Grove-Stephensen. It certainly resonates with my experience… It is long past time to … Continue reading

July 10, 2017 · Leave a comment

Learning Resources | The Franklin Institute Science Museum

The Franklin Institute’s huge collection of science lessons, experiments, activities, and interesting facts, all on the web to share with teachers! View the full collection here: Learning Resources | The … Continue reading

July 7, 2017 · Leave a comment

Primary tests: Two-fifths fail to meet standard | BBC News

Two-fifths (39%) of primary school pupils in England have failed to meet the expected standard in reading, writing and mathematics, figures show. The results are from national curriculum tests, often … Continue reading

July 6, 2017 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: Doing the Right Thing

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Lean Processes in Learning

Lean processes, meaning achieving your desired outcome with minimal or no wastage, have been applied in manufacturing processes for some time. You can see it in automotive and aeronautical engineering … Continue reading

July 5, 2017 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: Discipline

The fallacy of school discipline: “The child who is loved and self-confident has no need of control, only wise counsel when they seek it.”

July 4, 2017 · Leave a comment

School Exclusions: An Expensive Road to Failure

This is a sad report from my old Local Authority, Nottingham City, showing that the brutal tool of exclusions is still widely used as a way of deflecting student issues… … Continue reading

July 3, 2017 · 1 Comment

Wales teacher recruitment levels ‘bordering on crisis’ | BBC News

Low numbers of teachers being recruited in Wales is “bordering on crisis” levels, a union has said. Welsh Government figures showed the target for trainee teacher intake in secondary schools … Continue reading

July 1, 2017 · 1 Comment

Information Security

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June 29, 2017 · Leave a comment

Montessori Secondary School: Teachers as Guides

The Montessori educational philosophy is well established at primary level as a child development focussed philosophy of letting children discover their own interests  and develop at a pace appropriate to the … Continue reading

June 28, 2017 · 1 Comment

Thought For The Day: Forward Thinking

(Although perhaps learn to spell IF before you start…..)

June 27, 2017 · Leave a comment

A Picture Warning from History

A timeless summer holiday picture of the type that you might take this summer. It could be the beach at my hometown of Rhyl, or any other beach in the … Continue reading

June 26, 2017 · Leave a comment

Six Tips for Brain-Based Learning | Edutopia

In this free classroom resource guide, you’ll get practical tips across the K-12 spectrum, as well as a reading list and a variety of resources to help you learn more … Continue reading

June 23, 2017 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: Discussion or Argument?

June 22, 2017 · Leave a comment