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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Embracing Failure: Building a Growth Mindset Through the Arts

We can be sure that in the course of their time in school, every student will experience failure. It is, after all, a natural and quite acute element of the … Continue reading

October 20, 2017 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: Education

October 19, 2017 · Leave a comment

Building Schools for the Future in Finland

Building Schools for the Future was a British Labour government initiative to accelerate innovation and rebuild the learning as well as the building architecture of British schools. It was a … Continue reading

October 18, 2017 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: Entertaining Angels

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Visualizing 21st-Century Classroom Design | Edutopia

These five steps are essential in creating a 21st-century classroom: establishing zones, ensuring resource accessibility, encouraging mobility, igniting inspiration, and fostering respect. Source: Visualizing 21st-Century Classroom Design | Edutopia

October 16, 2017 · Leave a comment

The Layout of Your Classroom Determines the Effectiveness of the Learning

To return to an earlier theme regarding the paucity of learning vision of many heads, this often manifests itself with regards to learning architecture and classroom furniture. Too often the … Continue reading

October 16, 2017 · Leave a comment

Organisation Culture and Performance Graphic

I’m often amazed when entering schools and other organisations as too how little they question themselves about core values which define their culture. Often they are too busy generating, managing … Continue reading

October 13, 2017 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: Leadership

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The Psychology of Leadership: Mental Shifts

This is a useful and informative article from Benjamin P Hardy about mental shifts coming from a background of Emotional Intelligence. His starting point is an observation of the physicist … Continue reading

October 11, 2017 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: Educational Leadership

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Conflict Resolution and Restorative Justice

When first appointed to the leadership team of an inner city school, I was struck by the abrasiveness of relationships and recourse to abuse and violence amongst the students. Too … Continue reading

October 9, 2017 · Leave a comment

Can You Teach Creativity? Some Thoughts from Ken Robinson

Sir Ken Robinson has spoken at length about creativity and this is his latest digest of thoughts on the issue of whether it can be taught…

October 6, 2017 · 3 Comments

Thought For The Day: The Sanctity of Life

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Empowering Learning Through Experience

The search for new curriculum approaches, should in many cases, be promoted as part of a desire to ensure that the curriculum offered in schools is not ossified in granules … Continue reading

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Thought For The Day: Teach Like a Pineapple

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Home schooling rises – one aspect of crisis in education

There has always been an element of parents who, for one reason or the other, reject the offering of schools as being inappropriate for their child. The reasons to reject … Continue reading

October 2, 2017 · Leave a comment

RE:THINKING: A New Film Focuses on How to Get Thinking Back in Classrooms

You would think that explorations of the process of thinking would be central to the experience of every child passing through the school system. However, you would, for the most … Continue reading

October 2, 2017 · Leave a comment

Maps: The theatre of the empire of Great Britaine | University of Cambridge

One of five known sets of proof maps prepared for John Speed’s ‘The Theatre of the Empire of Great Britaine’, which was published in 1611/12. The maps were printed from … Continue reading

September 29, 2017 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: Freedom

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Flipping Your Classroom

Flipped classrooms reverse the usual function of the classroom as a learning space. Instead of the pace and direction of learning being teacher led, the learners begin to manage their … Continue reading

September 27, 2017 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: The Hardest Part

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Inquiry-Based Learning. What is it?

Inquiry-based learning has been with us for a long time and has frequently been touted as the “next big thing”.  The managerial drive for content over process in education always … Continue reading

September 25, 2017 · Leave a comment

Building a School Around Common Values

I’ve used cartoonists to help capture ideas in the past and the use of animation techniques is well established with organisations like the Royal Society for the Arts. It provides … Continue reading

September 22, 2017 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: Smile

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Thought For The Day: Socrates on Teaching

September 19, 2017 · Leave a comment

Theory of Knowledge Newsletter – Highly Recommended!

Although the movement of state controlled education systems tends towards an overwhelming preoccupation with content over process in learning, there are some brighter and more enlightened beacons in this mire … Continue reading

September 18, 2017 · Leave a comment