The Learning Renaissance

Careers of Passion

An interesting article validating research that most teachers could confirm from their own experience… that passion is as important as subject knowledge in supporting young people in developing excellent careers. … Continue reading

December 6, 2017 · 1 Comment

Great Schools Worldwide – The Common Factors

Will Minton is a very lucky man. He was able to visit outstanding schools internationally to see what were the common features of their success.  This is what he found: Lessons Learned … Continue reading

November 29, 2017 · Leave a comment

Restorative Justice: Suspensions Don’t Teach

The pathway to escalating responses to poor behaviour in schools is when all in-house methods have been exhausted, or when a single incident has been seen to be of a … Continue reading

November 27, 2017 · Leave a comment

Emotions and Reflection: Changing People’s Minds

Having people, be they students or teachers, reflect on their thinking and be prepared to consider other perspectives is a difficult process. It may feel impossible when you consider the … Continue reading

November 22, 2017 · 1 Comment

LQ and a Learning Mindset

Originally posted on ace-d:
Part 1 Our beliefs, values and experience amongst other things impact how successful we are when we undertake tasks. How we behave when involved in activities…

November 18, 2017 · Leave a comment

Compassion as a Classroom Tool: an article by Andrea Marshbank

If the first year of teaching leads you to a single conclusion, it should be this… that being fair is more important than being right. Too many new entrants to … Continue reading

November 13, 2017 · Leave a comment

A Skill Strong Readers Share | Edutopia

Metacognition helps readers analyze texts as they read, and it’s a skill you can teach your students. Read all about it here: A Skill Strong Readers Share | Edutopia

November 8, 2017 · Leave a comment

Why Kids Can’t Write | NYTimes.com

Some say English instruction must get back to basics, with a focus on grammar. But won’t that stifle a student’s personal voice? Source: Why Kids Can’t Write | NYTimes.com

November 8, 2017 · Leave a comment

University admissions: The art of the personal statement | BBC

The half-term holiday is almost over and, for many students in their final year of school, university applications are high on the agenda. So, you’ve chosen your preferred courses and … Continue reading

October 30, 2017 · Leave a comment

Why Don’t We Differentiate Professional Development? | Edutopia

PD could be more effective if we differentiated it by gauging teachers’ readiness, utilizing their interests, involving them in the process, and providing continual assessment opportunities. Read the full article … Continue reading

October 25, 2017 · Leave a comment

Neuroscience should be taught to all teachers to help pupils learn | TES.com

An interesting academic study, recorded in the TES, recounting the need to make teachers more aware of the science of learning so that they can help promote better learning methodologies … Continue reading

October 23, 2017 · Leave a comment

Building Schools for the Future in Finland

Building Schools for the Future was a British Labour government initiative to accelerate innovation and rebuild the learning as well as the building architecture of British schools. It was a … Continue reading

October 18, 2017 · Leave a comment

Visualizing 21st-Century Classroom Design | Edutopia

These five steps are essential in creating a 21st-century classroom: establishing zones, ensuring resource accessibility, encouraging mobility, igniting inspiration, and fostering respect. Source: Visualizing 21st-Century Classroom Design | Edutopia

October 16, 2017 · Leave a comment

The Layout of Your Classroom Determines the Effectiveness of the Learning

To return to an earlier theme regarding the paucity of learning vision of many heads, this often manifests itself with regards to learning architecture and classroom furniture. Too often the … Continue reading

October 16, 2017 · Leave a comment

The Psychology of Leadership: Mental Shifts

This is a useful and informative article from Benjamin P Hardy about mental shifts coming from a background of Emotional Intelligence. His starting point is an observation of the physicist … Continue reading

October 11, 2017 · Leave a comment

Empowering Learning Through Experience

The search for new curriculum approaches, should in many cases, be promoted as part of a desire to ensure that the curriculum offered in schools is not ossified in granules … Continue reading

October 4, 2017 · Leave a comment

Home schooling rises – one aspect of crisis in education

There has always been an element of parents who, for one reason or the other, reject the offering of schools as being inappropriate for their child. The reasons to reject … Continue reading

October 2, 2017 · Leave a comment

RE:THINKING: A New Film Focuses on How to Get Thinking Back in Classrooms

You would think that explorations of the process of thinking would be central to the experience of every child passing through the school system. However, you would, for the most … Continue reading

October 2, 2017 · Leave a comment

Flipping Your Classroom

Flipped classrooms reverse the usual function of the classroom as a learning space. Instead of the pace and direction of learning being teacher led, the learners begin to manage their … Continue reading

September 27, 2017 · Leave a comment

Inquiry-Based Learning. What is it?

Inquiry-based learning has been with us for a long time and has frequently been touted as the “next big thing”.  The managerial drive for content over process in education always … Continue reading

September 25, 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

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

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

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

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