The Learning Renaissance

Thinking Organically About Learning and Performance

I came across this slide in a business development presentation and immediately thought it was applicable to learning in schools. If all school stakeholders and those charged with responsibility at … Continue reading

March 20, 2023 · Leave a comment

Thoughts on the Australian Education System

via Michael Lawrence on Twitter

March 16, 2023 · Leave a comment

Play – the Foundation of Learning

I’m currently in the very fortunate position of having my son, daughter in law and grandson, Barney, living with me. Barney is two and a half and it is a … Continue reading

March 6, 2023 · Leave a comment

Toxic Behaviour and the Antidote, via Mike Lucas

Teachers, coaches, cooks, custodians, educational assistants, tech staff, drivers, admin, office personnel, hallway monitors…..EVERYONE can be a leader. It’s more important now than ever…… — Mike Lucas (@Lucas4westside) March … Continue reading

March 3, 2023 · Leave a comment

Self-Actualisation: Developing as an Autonomous and Independent Learner

Over the course of my career, and in the subsequent research for my books, the key question has always been ‘What are we trying to achieve with our pupils?’  There … Continue reading

February 27, 2023 · Leave a comment

Ikigai… A Reason for Being

February 24, 2023 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: Rage Against the Machine

via Michael Lawrence on Twitter

February 23, 2023 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: Self Care in a Difficult World

February 21, 2023 · Leave a comment

Genius in Detention!

Thanks to Daniel Sobel for sharing this post. He argued that it is inappropriate to punish a child with lines for being unable to sit still. This is an unfortunately … Continue reading

February 20, 2023 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: The Cost of Conformity

Conformity comes at the cost of development and collegiality.  via Michael Lawrence on Twitter

February 14, 2023 · Leave a comment

Flipping Your Classroom: Giving Learners Agency

If you are not familiar with the term, a ‘flipped classroom’ is one in which the pupils have more autonomy and independence as learners. Whereas the common way to construct … Continue reading

February 13, 2023 · 1 Comment

Thought For The Day: The Pace of Learning

February 9, 2023 · Leave a comment

Follow the Science!

Michael Lawrence has become a regular correspondent. His field of expertise is Finnish education and how it can be applied to other contexts, in his case in his native Australia. … Continue reading

February 6, 2023 · Leave a comment

Boss or Leader?

I have experienced wonderful and appalling leaders in my time in education and this infographic just about sums up the differences between the best and the worst. It might be … Continue reading

February 3, 2023 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: What Unites Us

(this quote is commonly mis-attributed to Nelson Mandela. See this Tweet and Reuters Fact-check for accurate attribution.)

February 2, 2023 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: Beware Statistics!

January 31, 2023 · Leave a comment

Towards a Holistic View of 21st Century Learning

I suppose the Venn diagram illustrated above represents Nirvana for teachers and wider educators looking to develop a paradigm, and practical implementation strategy for 21st-century learners. Unfortunately, with the exception … Continue reading

January 30, 2023 · Leave a comment

What Did You Learn at School Today? Was it Useful or Relevant?

Discuss.   View this post on Instagram A post shared by Josh (@josh__kuo)

January 27, 2023 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: Culture and Learning

Simon has clearly worked in similar schools to me to have had this insight!

January 26, 2023 · Leave a comment

Incorporating Simple, Student-Designed Assessments in School | Edutopia

Many thanks to Lindsay Mitchell for this useful Edutopia article on making learners more involved in their own assessment. The move from testing as something ‘done to’ students to a … Continue reading

January 25, 2023 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: The Best Place to Learn

Originally shared HERE on Twitter.

January 24, 2023 · Leave a comment

Why Finland?

I am certainly not alone in my veneration of Finnish teachers. I was going to say the Finnish Education System there, but that is not the full picture. It is … Continue reading

January 23, 2023 · Leave a comment

The Antidote to Managerialism and KPIs

Originally posted here.

January 20, 2023 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: The True Cost of Education

January 17, 2023 · Leave a comment

Future Proof Your School finds a Global Audience…

I must admit that when Julia and Di at Critical Publishing suggested the title of  ‘Future Proof Your School‘ for my book of strategies and approaches to encourage school improvement … Continue reading

January 16, 2023 · Leave a comment

New Year: Intensified Message for Change

It has been heartening in the almost ten years that the Learning Renaissance has been running, to find that what once sounded like a lone voice advocating change has now … Continue reading

January 16, 2023 · Leave a comment

The Power of Writing and Creative Expression

Thanks to Stephen Bartlett for sharing this infographic from @milanicreative.  I smiled when I saw it, as it reminded me of a point I always used to make when supporting … Continue reading

January 13, 2023 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: The Importance of Environment on the Flourishing Learner

I am indebted to Jonny Katz for sharing this on LinkedIn and to Alexander Den Heijer for the original quote.  Conformity to an essentially industrial quality control model crushes the … Continue reading

January 12, 2023 · Leave a comment

3 Ways to Help Students Learn From Their Tests | Edutopia

Thanks to Sarah Kesty for this timely reminder from Edutopia about maximising the value of a test for student learning. Too often tests are seen simply as a pedagogical device … Continue reading

January 11, 2023 · Leave a comment