The Learning Renaissance

Thought For The Day: Educational Purpose

July 31, 2018 · Leave a comment

Leadership Traits

I’m currently in the feverish process of writing a book on leadership and culture. Coming across this, it helped me clarify some thoughts and took  me to thinking about leaders … Continue reading

July 30, 2018 · Leave a comment

Huge rise in unconditional university offers for students | BBC News

There has been a huge rise in the number of unconditional offers being made to students for university places, admissions service Ucas says. The total made to 18-year-olds from England, … Continue reading

July 27, 2018 · Leave a comment

Ken Ham on the Shuttle and ISS

I’ve had the pleasure of spending some time in the company of Ken Ham, and here he gives some insights into his days as a Shuttle Pilot and Commander as … Continue reading

July 27, 2018 · Leave a comment

The Exclusion Scandal in English Schools

This is what happens when you set up structures that prioritise examination performance above all else… the most vulnerable students pay the cost. It is essentially the marketisation of learning … Continue reading

July 26, 2018 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: Winning

July 26, 2018 · Leave a comment

The 4 Levels of Learning

Some structured thoughts on how we develop a skill… I think the second category should read Conscious Incompetent…. Wise & Shine    Jordan Belfort talks about 4 levels of learning … Continue reading

July 25, 2018 · 3 Comments

Reading to and with your children

I once asked on LinkedIn which three pieces of advice teachers would give to parents to apply at home to help their child to learn effectively. When I had sifted … Continue reading

July 25, 2018 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: No Comment!

July 24, 2018 · Leave a comment

Educational Fads and Proper Learning

A deliberately provocative heading to this piece… From time to time a new educational fad gains ground. Some are based on sound research, but many are not. The most pernicious I’ve … Continue reading

July 23, 2018 · Leave a comment

Inclusion in Your School – The Key Questions

A simple and helpful list with which to audit your provisions to see if you really are being inclusive in your culture and practice. For more Inclusion resources and insight: … Continue reading

July 20, 2018 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: The Company You Keep

July 19, 2018 · Leave a comment

How Books and Television Affect Your Brain Differently, According to Science

There’s a perception that books are good, while TV is bad. Spend a day curled up with a book and you’re an intellectual, but spend a day watching your favorite … Continue reading

July 18, 2018 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: Rest Your Mind

July 17, 2018 · Leave a comment

The Stresses on Modern Teenagers in the West

An interesting discussion piece on the stresses on modern teenagers. I have qualified the piece with the modifier “in the west” as I don’t think we can assume that the … Continue reading

July 16, 2018 · Leave a comment

The marketisation of English schools: students paying the cost of the market

An article from the Guardian on the negative effects bringing schools into a market place for education implemented by the Tory Government. Students are jettisoned in the middle of their … Continue reading

July 15, 2018 · Leave a comment

The Baggage or Benefits Your Students Bring to Class

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July 13, 2018 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: Environment


July 12, 2018 · Leave a comment

A Case for Finger Counting | Edutopia

A study published in Frontiers in Education suggests that this may be a mistake because finger counting seems to boost math learning when paired with number games. Read the full … Continue reading

July 11, 2018 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: The Butterfly Principle

July 10, 2018 · Leave a comment

Neural State and Student Emotional Behaviour

I remember wading into quite a serious fight at school and having to separate the antagonists and make a quick assessment of their emotional states so as to decide who … Continue reading

July 9, 2018 · Leave a comment

Self Control

This is a useful infographic via Daniel Sobel which helps to explain things within and beyond the control of the individual. I would suggest a copy appears in every classroom… … Continue reading

July 6, 2018 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: Textbook Learning

July 5, 2018 · Leave a comment

25 Attention-Getters to Calm A Noisy Classroom | Education to the Core

As teachers, we know the value of having good attention getters to quiet noisy classrooms. I have always wanted a comprehensive list of all of the best attention getters in … Continue reading

July 4, 2018 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: Inclusion or Exclusion

July 3, 2018 · Leave a comment

TV and Video in the Classroom: The Distance Travelled

It is many years ago that I had my first brush with television technology in the classroom. I was in the last year in primary school and at 10.45 in … Continue reading

July 2, 2018 · Leave a comment