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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100 Best Education Infographics | Visual News

A collection of the 100 best education infographics, ranging from the importance of STEM and EdTech to the trouble with tuition and the problem of rising student loan debt. Find … Continue reading

September 30, 2016 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: Persistence

September 29, 2016 · Leave a comment

What Doesn’t Work – Literacy Practices We Should Abandon | Edutopia

Literacy strategies that waste instructional time include looking up words on lists, prizes for reading, weekly spelling tests, unsupported independent reading, and denial of recess. The number one concern that … Continue reading

September 28, 2016 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: Effective Learning

September 27, 2016 · Leave a comment

Classroom Design and Learning Outcomes

  When I was involved in the Building Schools for the Future programme in England I was often disheartened at the engagement with Headteachers when their school had been selected … Continue reading

September 26, 2016 · Leave a comment

Pedal power boosts N Carolina pupils’ performance | BBC News

  A schoolteacher in North Carolina finds that pedal power in the classroom encourages children to focus more and boosts their test performance. Read more about this story on the … Continue reading

September 24, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Power of “I Don’t Know”

  A major shortcoming of the vision of the teacher as subject expert in a system of knowledge transmission is the expectation that the teacher will always know the answer … Continue reading

September 23, 2016 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: John Locke

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How to Become and Remain a Transformational Teacher

David Cutler, writing for Edutopia, gives some pointers on teacher effectiveness in terms of creating and maintaining transformational learning opportunities in the classroom… How to Become and Remain a Transformational Teacher … Continue reading

September 21, 2016 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: Steve Jobs on Leadership

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Learning Design: Montessori and Other Approaches

  This is a think piece which simply shows three classrooms which reflect innovative educational philosophies from Montessori, Steiner and Reggio preschools. Can you formulate some understanding of the educational … Continue reading

September 19, 2016 · Leave a comment

A Victorian guide to Cambridge student life | BBC

Male undergraduates were encouraged to smoke but told they would regret using tea cosies in a Victorian guide to student life. The Fresher’s Don’t was published in 1893 for Cambridge … Continue reading

September 18, 2016 · Leave a comment

History, Geography and Politics of the UK

These historical maps from http://www.abroadintheyard.com chart the development of the United Kingdom from pre-Roman times until the middle ages and map the genetic relationships between constituent parts of the British … Continue reading

September 16, 2016 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: Talent Lost

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Strategies to Develop Student Self-Motivation

A great article by David Palank which explores the psychology of gearing up a classroom to become self-motivating. This goes beyond reward and sanction to look at the psychological behaviours … Continue reading

September 14, 2016 · Leave a comment

Pedantry and Budget Cuts!

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Effective Learning: Attitudes and Behaviours

When we consider what makes the best work colleagues what do we consider? Certainly, there will be some context related body of knowledge that it will be vital to understand, … Continue reading

September 12, 2016 · Leave a comment

The 1000th Post Post

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Universities to hide applicants’ names in anti-bias trial | BBC News

Universities are going to test “name-blind” admissions for the first time to stop potential discrimination based on assumptions about students’ names. Exeter, Huddersfield, Liverpool and Winchester will pilot a system … Continue reading

September 10, 2016 · 1 Comment

Habits of the Effective Educator

The work of Steven Covey has been seminal in focussing attention on the common traits of successful leaders. In an educational context, this infographic might inspire some changes of habits at … Continue reading

September 9, 2016 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: Stealing the Railroad

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Managing the Arrival of a New Principal

The arrival of a new principal at your school is a significant moment for both the principal and the staff. It may herald fast and profound cultural change and, depending … Continue reading

September 7, 2016 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: Nancy Astor on Education

September 6, 2016 · Leave a comment

How will I cope with my child’s first day at school? | BBC iWonder

Getting you and your child prepared for the big step up to formal education can help put some anxieties to rest. Read this collection insightful advice on the BBC website: … Continue reading

September 5, 2016 · Leave a comment

‘London is most educated city in Europe’ | BBC News

Where in Europe would you expect to find the highest concentration of graduates? Would it be a particularly earnest quarter of Oslo? Or an erudite corner of Finland or Germany? … Continue reading

September 4, 2016 · Leave a comment

Oxford University to have ‘most state school students for decades’ | BBC News

Oxford University’s intake of new students this autumn will have the highest proportion of state school pupils for at least 40 years. The university has offered 59.2% of places to … Continue reading

September 3, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Argument for Metacognition

Those who advocate a more prominent role for metacognition in schools do so in the belief that being more explicit about the how of learning pays dividends as students are … Continue reading

September 2, 2016 · 1 Comment