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 Teacher Olympics

July 27, 2021 · Leave a comment

A Different View of the Purpose of Learning: New Zealand – Wellbeing as a Curriculum Foundation

Too often questions about the purpose and direction of learning are confounded by existing building blocks. The most resistant to change being the curriculum content that constrains the scope for … Continue reading

July 26, 2021 · Leave a comment

Young People’s Trust For the Environment | Teachers Resources

The Young People’s Trust for the Environment is a charity that aims to encourage young people’s understanding of the environment and the need for sustainability. They have many resources for … Continue reading

July 23, 2021 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: Summer

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Thought For The Day: Wait for it…

July 20, 2021 · Leave a comment

The One Learning Rule I Never Break | by Thomas Oppong | Medium

Successful lifelong learners learn from the experiences of brilliant minds — it’s a powerful way to become less wrong over time. A better approach to upgrade or improve what you … Continue reading

July 19, 2021 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: You Matter

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Thought For The Day: Light a Fire

July 13, 2021 · Leave a comment

6 Tips for Setting Up Virtual Professional Learning Sessions for Teachers | Edutopia

Virtual gatherings for professional learning are convenient and likely to continue, but they should be designed differently than in-person gatherings. Virtual gatherings are likely here to stay. We will have … Continue reading

July 12, 2021 · Leave a comment

The 15 Best Teaching Podcasts For Teachers

Teaching podcasts are a great way to learn about classroom best practice and what’s happening in UK education while you’re on the move or even marking. Source: The 15 Best … Continue reading

July 9, 2021 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: Unlock the Door

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Thought For The Day: Take the Stairs

July 6, 2021 · Leave a comment

Recognizing When It’s Time for a Change | Edutopia

From switching schools to pursuing new opportunities in the district, teachers can make changes to address their burnout, writes a teacher career coach. When I start meeting with teachers, they … Continue reading

July 5, 2021 · Leave a comment

It’s the Way You Say It…

What you give will determine what you get… think about how you phrase things as it will determine the engagement of students… Further reading: Positive Language in the Classroom | … Continue reading

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Thought For The Day: The Value of Knowledge

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The Deviously Difficult Dead Words Quiz | BBC Bitesize

Rediscovering dead words tells us a lot about our past, both in terms of social and cultural history, but also the history of the language itself. Can you guess the … Continue reading

June 30, 2021 · Leave a comment

4 Ways to Take a Real Break This Summer | Edutopia

Some teachers turn downtime into a professional learning opportunity, but unplugging from work has a lot of value. Find out more here: 4 Ways to Take a Real Break This … Continue reading

June 30, 2021 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: Summer

June 29, 2021 · Leave a comment

Mobile phone ban plan to improve school behaviour | BBC News

Mobile phone bans and other ways to create “calm classrooms” are to be considered to help improve discipline in England’s schools. Education Secretary Gavin Williamson said he wants to make … Continue reading

June 29, 2021 · Leave a comment

The Mistake-Friendly Classroom | Edutopia

Learning from mistakes is crucial for growth. Here are a few ways teachers can prepare to take advantage of them. The key, though, is not stigmatizing mistakes—or the students who … Continue reading

June 28, 2021 · Leave a comment

Look Beyond the Behaviour to the Cause…

Using my friend Kevin Hewitson’s metaphor of ‘If you can’t reach them, you can’t teach them, I would suggest all teachers think again about what lies beyond challenging behaviour. Thank … Continue reading

June 25, 2021 · 1 Comment

Thought For The Day: Surround Yourself with Positive People

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June 24, 2021 · Leave a comment

Class Reflection Activities to Close Out a Tough Year | Edutopia

After a challenging year of pandemic schooling, these activities help students reflect on what they’ve learned and look forward to what’s coming next. Read the article here: Class Reflection Activities … Continue reading

June 23, 2021 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: A Timely Reminder

As this difficult academic year rolls to an end…

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Assessment: What is it Good For?

I found this outline of an assessment protocol quite interesting and thought it could help in moving the curriculum in more engaging directions in developing more autonomous and independent learners… … Continue reading

June 21, 2021 · Leave a comment

Self-harm warning signs can appear decade earlier | BBC Health

Early warning signs of self-harm can appear in children almost a decade before it starts, say researchers. The team at the University of Cambridge found two distinct groups that were … Continue reading

June 20, 2021 · Leave a comment