The Learning Renaissance

Learning Styles Myth Debunked

Over a decade ago the idea that students exhibited learning styles was gaining ground. The underlying assumption was that students had a preferred learning style with might involve receiving written … Continue reading

July 24, 2017 · 1 Comment

The Neuroscience of Mindfulness

I often complain that neuroscience research is so nuanced as to have no practical benefits to learning. Here is an article by Kristyna Zapletal that is prepared to venture into practicality: … Continue reading

July 19, 2017 · Leave a comment

Every Child Needs a Mentor (ECNAM)

Mentoring provides a different paradigm for learning that stresses partnership and empowerment for the student in the relationship with the teacher/mentor.  Mentor Herman Stewart posted this case study from his … Continue reading

July 17, 2017 · Leave a comment

Listening and Speaking – A Useful Infographic

Serpil Tuti-Sarı presented this useful infographic from plantlovegrow.com relating listening to speaking. It puts me in mind of the old saying, “Engage your brain before engaging your mouth!”

July 14, 2017 · 1 Comment

A Riposte to the Traditional Written Exam

This is a forthright and provocative attack on standard written examinations from the CEO of Yacapaca, Ian Grove-Stephensen. It certainly resonates with my experience… It is long past time to … Continue reading

July 10, 2017 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: Doing the Right Thing

July 6, 2017 · Leave a comment

Lean Processes in Learning

Lean processes, meaning achieving your desired outcome with minimal or no wastage, have been applied in manufacturing processes for some time. You can see it in automotive and aeronautical engineering … Continue reading

July 5, 2017 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: Discipline

The fallacy of school discipline: “The child who is loved and self-confident has no need of control, only wise counsel when they seek it.”

July 4, 2017 · Leave a comment

School Exclusions: An Expensive Road to Failure

This is a sad report from my old Local Authority, Nottingham City, showing that the brutal tool of exclusions is still widely used as a way of deflecting student issues… … Continue reading

July 3, 2017 · 1 Comment

Montessori Secondary School: Teachers as Guides

The Montessori educational philosophy is well established at primary level as a child development focussed philosophy of letting children discover their own interests  and develop at a pace appropriate to the … Continue reading

June 28, 2017 · 1 Comment

Thought For The Day: Forward Thinking

(Although perhaps learn to spell IF before you start…..)

June 27, 2017 · Leave a comment

A Picture Warning from History

A timeless summer holiday picture of the type that you might take this summer. It could be the beach at my hometown of Rhyl, or any other beach in the … Continue reading

June 26, 2017 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: Discussion or Argument?

June 22, 2017 · Leave a comment

Finding Your Place in the World: Ikigai

I remember when doing O levels and A levels recognising that my choices opened up future employment opportunities whilst closing down others. I felt I was destined to do a … Continue reading

June 19, 2017 · Leave a comment

7 Rules of Proactive Leadership | Tomas Kucera | LinkedIn

Although purposed for a wider business environment, I found this outline of proactive leadership quite compelling for an educational setting… Crisis. Panic. Urgency. These are some of the words with … Continue reading

June 12, 2017 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: Time

June 8, 2017 · Leave a comment

A Code for Leadership Action from Don Miguel Ruiz

Strati Georgopoulos cites the Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz as a pattern for leadership and personal development:

June 5, 2017 · Leave a comment

Mentoring, Observations and the Reflective School

This article by Deborah McVey rang some important bells for me on what we aim to achieve through lesson observation and the attitudes and behaviours we need to take into … Continue reading

May 29, 2017 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: Michael Jordan

May 25, 2017 · 1 Comment

Self-Reflection and Personal Growth

There can be no growth without reflection and this should be the mantra for learners of all ages…

May 19, 2017 · Leave a comment

Promoting Change in an Organisation

Elizabeth Dukes explores the psychological and organisational dimensions of change in an organisation. Too often leaders are so busy promoting change that they gloss over the psychological resistance in the teams … Continue reading

May 17, 2017 · Leave a comment

Some thoughtful career advice from Bill Gates…

Bill Gates gives advice to new graduates on the future of working and the sunrise industries… Congratulations! You’ve just accomplished something I never managed to do—earn a college degree. Between … Continue reading

May 16, 2017 · Leave a comment

The Politics of Entitlement Which Wastes Talent

I’ve had the experience of working with schools internationally which are fee paying and state supported. The common perception is that the ‘top’ schools provide an exceptional and high grade … Continue reading

May 15, 2017 · Leave a comment

Thought for the Day: Martin Luther King Jnr.

A thought for our challenging times! “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of … Continue reading

May 11, 2017 · Leave a comment

Metacognition: Learning How to Learn, Revisited

As we enter examination season once again a number of parents have asked me about study skills techniques. Interesting how this always comes up as a graft on element at … Continue reading

May 10, 2017 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: The Importance of Precision in Writing

It would be mistaken to believe in this so-called ‘post truth’ age that precision and accuracy when writing had gone out of style. I found it really refreshing to read … Continue reading

May 2, 2017 · 1 Comment

Metacognition and Promoting Autonomous Learning

Learning to learning is an effective definition of metacognition – it is the ‘how’ rather than the ‘what of the learning process. This article by Hunter Maats and Katie O’Brien, … Continue reading

April 19, 2017 · 1 Comment