The Learning Renaissance

Optimising School Culture for Improved Student Learning Outcomes

Much of my work in recent years has been in supporting schools to change the focus and direction of their culture and efforts so that they improve the learning outcomes … Continue reading

November 29, 2014 · Leave a comment

Music in the Curriculum

Some thoughts on the role of music in the curriculum from the Daily Telegraph… “Music has proven benefits for children – building confidence, teamwork and discipline, and encouraging improvements in … Continue reading

November 23, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Pale Blue Dot: Our World in Perspective

I always enjoyed listening to Carl Sagan patiently explaining us; life, the universe and everything. This short film gives us all a sense of perspective on what is important and … Continue reading

November 23, 2014 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: Personal Growth

The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be… – Ralph Waldo Emerson

November 21, 2014 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day, from Frederick Douglass

November 18, 2014 · Leave a comment

Promoting Creative Learning

Can creative learning be taught? Well no, not in the traditional sense, insofar as if you stick to the standard communication model of the teacher has the knowledge and the … Continue reading

November 18, 2014 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: Creativity

November 16, 2014 · Leave a comment

As a learner, how important is self-belief and…

Originally posted on ace-d:
… what has it got to do with Learning Intelligence (LQ)? Those of you who follow this blog will know of my aim and passion for…

November 16, 2014 · Leave a comment

Recognize the Divine in the Everyday: Making the Most of Our Learning Opportunities

Originally posted on Captivate Your Music Students 🙂:
In 2007, acclaimed concert violinist, Joshua Bell attempted a musical/social experiment. Normally you would pay hundreds of dollars to hear Joshua play with…

November 15, 2014 · Leave a comment

Serious news from Princeton…

This is an area of increasing concern to me as the concentration of money and resource in fewer hands challenges democracy and the public good… “The central point that emerges … Continue reading

November 15, 2014 · Leave a comment

Promoting the Decline of Creativity

It is a sad indictment of educational systems generally, and probably a function of the standardisation they encourage, that the creativity of students within them tends to decline the more … Continue reading

November 15, 2014 · Leave a comment

Effective Principals and Determining Cultural Change

The foundation of sustainable development in schools is the vision of the principal as that will define the scope of cultural change that can be contemplated… Source Eye On Education … Continue reading

November 14, 2014 · Leave a comment

Some brightness in learning in London

In the midst of all the negativity, this article took my eye regarding the state of education in London… There is nothing inherently different in the educational performance of pupils … Continue reading

November 14, 2014 · Leave a comment

Critical Thinking, Critical Questions

The ability of learners to interrogate not only the content of sources, but also their authenticity and the perspective of the speaker is at the heart of critical thinking. You … Continue reading

November 11, 2014 · Leave a comment

Autism – Some Symptoms

I find it incredible that I went through a thirty year teaching career without receiving any professional insights into autism. Too often students with became either ‘disciplinary’ issues because they … Continue reading

November 10, 2014 · Leave a comment

Presentation Skill Sets and Techniques

I have a horrible feeling that some of my ex-pupils will feel that they’ve found my scripts when they see this! I’ve never thought a presentation was simply about the anodyne … Continue reading

November 10, 2014 · Leave a comment

Enquiring Minds and the Nature of Evidence

A friend has brought this website to my attention in which members of the public are engaged to demand a higher standard of evidence in the claims made by people … Continue reading

November 3, 2014 · Leave a comment

School Resources | ActionAid UK

Offering a wide-ranging resources help introduce global issues at all key stages, ActionAid UK have lesson plans, assemblies, case studies, videos and more available on their website. School Resources | … Continue reading

November 2, 2014 · Leave a comment

Language Families

I’ve always been fascinated by the relationship between languages and the anomalies such as the relationship between Finnish and Hungarian, the fact that Yiddish derives from German and that Basque doesn’t seem to … Continue reading

November 2, 2014 · Leave a comment

Resources for Introducing Ebola into the Curriculum

This useful resource was posted on The Guardian website, and represents materials for introducing the topic of Ebola into the curriculum. To my mind, it is particularly useful to have … Continue reading

November 2, 2014 · Leave a comment

Resilience – Developing Attitudes and Behaviours to Keep You Strong in a Changing World

Quite a recent development in the development of learning has been more systematic explorations of what constitutes mental health and well-being. A shorthand term for many of these related approaches … Continue reading

November 2, 2014 · Leave a comment

Being Explicit about the HOW of Learning – the IBO Theory of Knowledge

Where departments and individuals within schools see their primary function as the transmission of information, their interest can never really focus on the reception of that information by students. It … Continue reading

November 2, 2014 · Leave a comment

Effective Questioning – the Route to Critical Thinking in Learners

The quality of questions that learners are confronted by will determine how deeply they need to frame their thoughts to provide an adequate response. All teachers are aware of the … Continue reading

November 2, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Second Languages of Every Nation

I found this interactive fascinating as an insight into politics and economics. Being Welsh, I inhabit a strange hinterland in which the Welsh language is spoken by a minority in … Continue reading

November 1, 2014 · Leave a comment

Digital Learning Environment Components

A useful graphic demonstrating the key components of a digital learning environment. I consider these to be a necessary but not a sufficient condition for effective digital learning – that … Continue reading

November 1, 2014 · Leave a comment

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