The Learning Renaissance

Happy Christmas and thank you for your support

A very happy and peaceful Christmas to all our readers. Your support in our first year in blog format is much appreciated. Special thanks to the rather wonderful Sue Cowley … Continue reading

December 22, 2015 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: The Best Teachers

December 22, 2015 · Leave a comment

Teacher Expectations

Nothing is more of a self-fulfilling prophecy that the role of teacher expectations in student performance. A famous, if rather morally dubious piece of research, reversed student performance data to … Continue reading

December 21, 2015 · Leave a comment

OECD passes judgement on Scotland’s Curriculum for Excellence | BBC News

Experts from international forum the OECD say Scottish schools remain above international averages – but the gap is narrowing. Read more on the BBC website here: OECD passes judgement on … Continue reading

December 19, 2015 · Leave a comment

10 New Educational Tools for Teachers | ETML

This month’s series of New EdTech Tools and Apps for Teachers features some interesting tools to use in your teaching. Some of the things you can do with these applications … Continue reading

December 18, 2015 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: Who You Are

December 17, 2015 · Leave a comment

Helping Students to Develop an Appreciation for Math | Edutopia

“I hate Math. I have never been good at it. And tell me, when am I honestly ever going to use this again?” We have to change the way students … Continue reading

December 16, 2015 · Leave a comment

Preschools turn children on to learning, says study | BBC News

Preschools help boost the academic careers of children who have fewer educational experiences at home, a study suggests. The effect lasts into secondary school with preschoolers from all backgrounds twice … Continue reading

December 15, 2015 · 1 Comment

Thought For The Day: MLK Jr on Silence

December 15, 2015 · Leave a comment

Meetings, damned meetings and wastes of time and space

The most abiding negative memory of all the time I spent in schools was that of the ineffective staff meeting. I’ve sat through all day meetings designed to impart understanding of … Continue reading

December 14, 2015 · Leave a comment

Heads warn MPs of teacher shortage | BBC News

Schools in England face a deepening problem in recruiting enough teachers, head teachers are warning. The National Association of Head Teachers said 59% of schools advertising for teachers ‘struggled’ to get applicants … Continue reading

December 13, 2015 · Leave a comment

More primary schools succeed in ‘three Rs’ | BBC News

There has been another slight rise in the number of children leaving England’s primary schools with a good grasp of the ‘three Rs’, data shows. In 2015, 80% of Year … Continue reading

December 12, 2015 · Leave a comment

A Wonderful Tool to Help Students Easily Design Their Own Games | ETML

  Gamester Mechanic is a gaming platform where students get to learn how to design their own games. It features three main components to engage students in game-based learning: the … Continue reading

December 11, 2015 · Leave a comment

More than 90,000 exam grades changed | BBC News

More than 90,000 GCSE and A-level results were changed after challenges to grades awarded this summer – the highest on record and an increase of 17% compared with last year. … Continue reading

December 10, 2015 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: Imagination

“Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to … Continue reading

December 10, 2015 · Leave a comment

The One and Only Learning Theory That Counts Is… Part 1 | Ac-Ed

Originally posted on ace-d:
How we see ourselves as a learner has a significant impact on the “what” and the “how” when we are in a learning mode. But how…

December 9, 2015 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: Kindness

December 8, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Reso: Explorations in Childhood

As part of my interest in childhood experience, I’ve written three books which explore ‘growing up’ from a child’s perspective and give some insights into the learning experience… The Reso … Continue reading

December 7, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Relationship Between Environment and Learning: Brain Labs

Whilst working on the Building Schools for the Future programme in England we were able to consider the sort of spaces a schools required to actively promote learning. Until the … Continue reading

December 7, 2015 · Leave a comment

Shrinking distances for school admissions | BBC News

Families have to live within 300m of a school to get a place in almost a hundred schools, according to an analysis of school admissions. The FindASchool website has gathered … Continue reading

December 6, 2015 · Leave a comment

Wider range of students taking degrees, suggests study | BBC News

Universities have broadened access to higher education to include more students from disadvantaged areas, a new Universities UK report shows. Full-time undergraduates from the most disadvantaged areas, those places which … Continue reading

December 5, 2015 · Leave a comment

A Great Resource for Downloading Ready-Made Charts and Diagrams to Use in Class | ETML

Chart Chooser from Juice Labs offers a wide variety of pre-made charts that you can download and use for free. These include: Pie chart, Bullet bar chart, line chart, bubble … Continue reading

December 4, 2015 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: Nice

December 3, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Educators – What Finland Did Next | BBC Radio 4

An interesting perspective on the direction and momentum of Finnish education. Since the first international comparisons in 2000, Finland has been at or near the top of league tables for … Continue reading

December 2, 2015 · Leave a comment

Ritual and Routine in School

Amid all the looking to the future, it is well worth pausing and considering some of the vital social and emotional elements that schools provide for their students. Certainly when … Continue reading

December 2, 2015 · Leave a comment

Thought for the Day: One Size Doesn’t Fit All

December 1, 2015 · 1 Comment