The Learning Renaissance

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

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

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

Behaviour: What’s Below the Surface

I’ve always believed that what constitutes poor student behaviour has reasons. If you can understand the reasons which bring on the behaviour, you might have as chance of modifying it. … Continue reading

June 26, 2018 · 2 Comments

Emotional First Aid for Teachers and Students!

The best teachers will be remembered not for the content of their lessons, but for the care and support they showed their students. This outlines a systematic way to support … Continue reading

June 25, 2018 · Leave a comment

Data Management and Purposes

The fact that we can accumulate data, does not give it some spurious meaning or validation. The management of data in schools should be about yielding insights into how to … Continue reading

June 18, 2018 · Leave a comment

Destination Dystopia…

In 2001 I was involved in taking young graduate engineers from Marconi, into Nottinghamshire schools as part of the SETNET programme for developing Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics into schools. … Continue reading

June 11, 2018 · Leave a comment

Transactional Analysis in Language, Gesture and Expression

I was very taken when I was first introduced to Transactional Analysis at University. That and Erving Goffman’s Presentation of Self in Everyday Life were probably the two summit points … Continue reading

June 4, 2018 · Leave a comment

Crafting Feedback That Leads to Learning

I remember, when on teaching practise, hearing horror stories of student teachers having to submit a planning book and a set of marked books every week to a mentor for … Continue reading

May 28, 2018 · Leave a comment

Being a Parent With a Child With Special Educational Needs

Having grown up with an elder brother with special educational needs, though in his time in school it was known as “mentally handicapped”, I can empathise with this infographic and … Continue reading

May 21, 2018 · Leave a comment

Metacognition in Context: How Learners Put Themselves in the Learning

Two students do not approach the same problem from the same direction. Their approach is determined by their metacognitive sense of identity as a learner. To be effective their learning … Continue reading

May 14, 2018 · Leave a comment

Education Directions in Finland: School Design – Function and Form

Someone recently posted a link to this school design on LinkedIn and wondered when a British School would follow suit. The question was a silly one because a school does … Continue reading

May 2, 2018 · Leave a comment

Academy Chains… Growth and Mutation

Apparently the privatisation of English education, as represented by the growth of Multiple Academy Chains, has hit an additional problem. Apparently they were working on the basis that they could … Continue reading

April 30, 2018 · 1 Comment

The Myth of the Grammar School…

The claimed benefits are shown to be down to social factors and cherry-picking, says Professor Stephen Gorard, of Durham’s School of Education: Grammar schools do not have better pupil attainment … Continue reading

April 25, 2018 · 1 Comment

An Overview of a 21st Century Curriculum

Andrew Churches published this overview a few years back on edorigami.wikispaces.com and it stands today as a model for 21st century learning.  We first shared it on this blog back … Continue reading

April 23, 2018 · Leave a comment

Behavioural Intentions and Functions

All behaviours are trying to reach a defined objective. Some behavioural strategies are effective and some less so – but they are all defined by their end. I’ve had this … Continue reading

April 16, 2018 · Leave a comment

Attention Please! Getting on Task

You may be surprised at what I am going to share with you today, but it has serious focus and purpose. It has been traditional to think of the teacher … Continue reading

April 9, 2018 · Leave a comment

No Shouting!

Shouting at children, as with the argument with corporal punishment, always makes my hackles rise. The only time I’ve shouted in my teaching career has been to get the attention … Continue reading

April 2, 2018 · Leave a comment

Why Personalisation is the Future

This is a really useful infographic showing how personalisation compares to other forms of pedagogical approach. Personalisation is not about pedagogy, with the teacher controlling the pace and agenda for … Continue reading

March 26, 2018 · Leave a comment

Everyone needs to be in Mrs Zuczek’s classroom…

Thanks to Daniel Sobel for this… We all need to be in Mrs Zuczek’s Classroom for two reasons: As teachers it is what we live and espouse – with no … Continue reading

March 19, 2018 · Leave a comment

Why a content-based curriculum won’t support 21st century learners

Information is growing exponentially so the idea that to be considered educated is to have accessed an increasingly small, irrelevant and outdated set of information is perhaps the greatest error … Continue reading

March 12, 2018 · Leave a comment

This is what the political privatisation of the education sector looks like in England

I’ve spoken before of the political dogma driving the privatisation of the school sector in the UK and the evils attendant with it. This is a clear example of wasted … Continue reading

March 5, 2018 · Leave a comment

Features of World Class Schools

I’m not sure I’ve ever visited a world class school. I’ve visited some which have thrown a lot of money at the quest and others that will tell you that … Continue reading

February 26, 2018 · Leave a comment

Attachment Disorders – The Difficult-to-Teach Child

One of the things that really distressed me as a teacher was that such was the clamour to delivery curriculum content, the specific learning needs of the child were often … Continue reading

February 12, 2018 · Leave a comment

Student Mental Health in Schools

There is much more attention being paid to the issues surrounding the mental health of students in schools. Attention is of course great, and an improvement from when mental health … Continue reading

February 5, 2018 · Leave a comment

The Folly of Multiple Academy Trusts – Unaccountable and Profit-driven – a Toxic Formula for Education

The answer, as with everything with this Tory government, was privatisation. The question had been how to drive up standards in learning across the country. Unsurprisingly, the Multiple Academy Chains … Continue reading

February 2, 2018 · 1 Comment

How Smart is Your Phone? Integrating Technology into Learning

My friend Neil Bunting alerted me to this article which addresses the thorny issue of integrating technology into education and learning. It is often quoted that the modern smart phone … Continue reading

January 29, 2018 · Leave a comment
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