The Learning Renaissance

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

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

Grace Kelly Ladybird Trust

Not my usual educational post today, although this is an appeal for greater education into a particular field of research. Grace Kelly, was a four year old who lost her … Continue reading

September 15, 2017 · Leave a comment

TED Talks: Every Kid Needs a Champion | Rita Pierson

An inspirational TEDTalk by Rita Pierson on inspiring learners… Rita Pierson, a teacher for 40 years, once heard a colleague say, “They don’t pay me to like the kids.” Her … Continue reading

September 15, 2017 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: The Teacher Role

September 14, 2017 · Leave a comment

The Importance of Relationships in Learning

The quality of the relationships you have with students, and not your subject knowledge will determine the impact you can have on student learning argues Rebecca Alger. Read more: Relationships … Continue reading

September 13, 2017 · Leave a comment

The 21st Century Classroom – Some Starters

One of the most depressing aspects of working in the UK government’s Building Schools of the Future programme was the paucity of vision presented by many Headteachers  in the initial … Continue reading

September 11, 2017 · Leave a comment

The Nuances of Leadership

Leadership is often talked about in too abstract, or too concrete terms. This infographic is useful in exploring leadership in levels and looking at the nuanced relationship with the led… … Continue reading

September 8, 2017 · 1 Comment

Technology in Education – Digital Literacy and Cultural Illiteracy

Joe Nutt makes the parallel with the Emperor’s new clothes in his assessment of the impact on learning of technology in schools. As one who has been involved in the … Continue reading

September 6, 2017 · Leave a comment

Happy New Academic Year in the UK!

I hope this proves a happy and fruitful first day for all my teacher friends and their children! Difficult times for UK education at present but new and energetic learners … Continue reading

September 5, 2017 · Leave a comment

Graham Brown-Martin on what is driving the Department for Education

A timely article on the state of the UK Department for Education, its policies and practices, from Graham Brown-Martin of The Revolution… The government position on education since Michael Gove, … Continue reading

September 4, 2017 · 1 Comment

Planning Cooperative Lessons Using Strategies

A really useful infographic from Edtech exploring how to construct co-operative learning lessons… Source: 10 Top Cooperative Learning Strategies (and some tech tools that could come in handy) | Edtech4beginners.com

September 1, 2017 · Leave a comment

Getting Students Writing

An excellent report from John MacCarthy on igniting the passions of students through creative writing assignments… A teacher taught a lesson on telling a Six-Word Story. There are websites that … Continue reading

August 30, 2017 · Leave a comment

Graham Brown-Martin on the Uberfication of Teaching

There was a time when education was regarded as a public good – you could never have too much of it and there was a moral, economic and political justification … Continue reading

August 28, 2017 · Leave a comment

Managing Transition – A Useful Resource

Technology at its best in the support of learners. Thank you for sharing, PSW Education and Leadership.

August 25, 2017 · Leave a comment

Social and Emotional Learning for Adults

Elena Aguilar, Transformational Leadership Coach from Oakland, California, suggests lessons which can be taken up by an entire staff or by an individual and are intended to build emotional awareness, self-management, social … Continue reading

August 23, 2017 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: Do Your Research

August 22, 2017 · Leave a comment

The Pedagogy of Poverty by Martin Haberman

Much gratuitous comment is generated regarding the ability of urban students to learn successfully. It has become something of a political football with the right believing they only have to … Continue reading

August 21, 2017 · Leave a comment

Transactional Analysis and Engendering Mutual Respect

Rita Pierson gives a masterclass here in a bad day in the class and how to use transactional analysis to generate a culture of better relationships built around success. I … Continue reading

August 18, 2017 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: Teaching By Example

This applies equally to students and teachers!  

August 17, 2017 · Leave a comment

Social and Emotional Skills defined by Anya Kamenetz

This infographic and article provides a solid foundation for exploring social and emotional learning. Source: What Do We Mean When We Say ‘Social And Emotional Skills’? | MindShift | KQED … Continue reading

August 16, 2017 · 1 Comment

Helping Students Develop Their Values… and Your School Ethos

Being proactive and asking students to record their own values is a useful exercise in developing a philosophical understanding of what motivates and impassions people. building an ethos based on … Continue reading

August 16, 2017 · 1 Comment

Dumbing Down the Profession… Headteachers in their Twenties!

One element of the transfer of accountability from local educational authorities to the Multi Academy Trusts has been the appointment of younger and younger heads. There is certainly a recruitment … Continue reading

August 14, 2017 · 1 Comment

TED Talks: Shukla Bose on teaching one child at a time

A seminal TED Talk by Shukla Bose regarding respecting individuality and rejecting production line based learning. Shukla Bose: Teaching one child at a time | TED Talk | TED.com

August 11, 2017 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: Drawing

A little girl, aged 4, was asked what drawing was, and she replied: “You just think something and draw a line around it!”    

August 10, 2017 · Leave a comment

The Madness of Standardisation in Learning

In contrast to a recent post regarding project based learning, here is an article from the Guardian exploring what teachers and students are enduring in the standardised testing regime currently in … Continue reading

August 9, 2017 · 1 Comment