The Learning Renaissance

An interview with the Finnish Education Minister explaining their guiding philosophy

  Finland is often held up as the most effective education system in the world. The cultural drivers of the system are as least as important as the structural aspects … Continue reading

February 22, 2017 · Leave a comment

An article to celebrate LGBTQI month: A Short History of Homophobic Bullying

In support of LGBT month, the founder of Inclusion for All, Shaun Dellenty has published this very moving and important article. I hope it plays a part in promoting difference … Continue reading

February 20, 2017 · Leave a comment

The pace in space is hotting up: SpaceX launch

Footage from the latest Space X launch 19 Feb 2017…

February 19, 2017 · Leave a comment

Programming in the Early Days of the Computer Age

Everyone remembers the first computer they ever used. And Joyce Wheeler is no exception. But in her case the situation was a bit different. The first computer she used was … Continue reading

January 25, 2017 · Leave a comment

The Asperger Freeze Loop

This article demonstrates the perspective of someone with Aspergers Syndrome: The Freeze Loop | Asperger Experts

January 23, 2017 · Leave a comment

21st Century Schools | Maes Y Llan Community Primary School, Wrexham

A Forest School ethos informs the outdoor teaching at Maes Y Llan Community Primary School, Wrexham and the way the grounds have been developed reflect this. Forest School leaders from … Continue reading

January 16, 2017 · Leave a comment

Neuroplasticity and Learning Effectiveness

I found this article by Robert Montenegro particularly clear in outlining how practical learning strategies can be gleaned from research on neuroplasticity, and includes the detailed infographic below: Introduction to Neuroplasticity and … Continue reading

January 13, 2017 · Leave a comment

A Diagram of 21st Century Pedagogy | John Zermani | LinkedIn

Context matters, and the diagram from edorigami captures this, though not from the perspective of the student and content knowledge, but the teacher and various pedagogical components themselves, including Higher-Order … Continue reading

January 11, 2017 · Leave a comment

Principles of effective networking

Originally posted on tenpencemore:
Networking is about face to face meetings as well as online activity through Twitter, LinkedIn or other social networking tools. Here are some basic tips for…

January 9, 2017 · Leave a comment

Promoting Kindness – an article by Rob Berman

  The world is too big to change… unless you do it one person at a time. This attitude underlies a range of approaches to helping people which are currently … Continue reading

January 4, 2017 · Leave a comment

Meet the kids who think for themselves | BBC News

  A new learning technique is driving results up in UK schools. Watch the video on the BBC website: Meet the kids who think for themselves | BBC News

December 23, 2016 · Leave a comment

Needs-Based Learning, by John D’Souza

John D’Souza certainly seems to have struck a chord with his series of provocative articles on the potential of different approaches to learning: Needs-Based Learning

December 19, 2016 · 1 Comment

Data-Based Learning

Another in the series by John D’Souza on the components of twenty first century learning… Data based decision making or data-driven decision making refers to educator’s on-going process of collecting … Continue reading

December 14, 2016 · Leave a comment

Pen Pals 2.0: Can Technology Foster Global Tolerance? | Edutopia

digit Schools all over the world are using digital tools to help students collaborate and build cultural understanding with distant peers. “That’s my friend!” students from Lee’s classroom whispered excitedly, … Continue reading

December 7, 2016 · 1 Comment

School Heads Share Concerns in England

Despite the fragmentation of the education estate in England which has been caused by government privatisation policies designed to turn all schools run by local authorities into Academies, Headteachers are … Continue reading

November 30, 2016 · Leave a comment

Why Learning Intelligence? By Kevin Hewitson | The Staffroom

“To see what is in front of one’s nose needs a constant struggle”    George Orwell Sometimes the obvious is on our doorstep, often ignored and rarely noticed.  So it … Continue reading

November 28, 2016 · Leave a comment

Brain Plasticity – The Brain’s Ability to Change and Grow Over Time, by Andrej Dethlefsen

Nineteenth century phrenologists thought that each function of the brain was discrete and operated like a filing cabinet to contain information about subjects. We now know that the brain functions … Continue reading

November 23, 2016 · Leave a comment

Taking Stock of the State of Education

  In what has been a tumultuous six months in political terms in the West, this might be an appropriate time to take stock of the state of learning and … Continue reading

November 21, 2016 · Leave a comment

University opens without any teachers | BBC News

A university for coding without any teachers opened in California last month. It’s called 42 – the name taken from the answer to the meaning of life, from the science … Continue reading

November 16, 2016 · 2 Comments

The Teacher Curse No One Wants to Talk About | Edutopia

Christopher Reddy explores The Curse of Knowledge and seven ways to make learning easier. By incorporating facts, novelty, examples, analogies, and emotion; and cycling content, telling content-related stories, and making lessons … Continue reading

November 9, 2016 · 1 Comment

Helping Students Believe That They can Write | Edutopia

Given the varied demands facing teachers on a daily basis, it is easy to assume that students ‘get’ the question immediately. However, this is rarely the case. Thus, teachers need … Continue reading

November 2, 2016 · Leave a comment

Why do Finnish pupils succeed with less homework? | BBC News

Less homework and fewer lessons. Should we follow the Finns? How do Finnish youngsters spend less time in school, get less homework and still come out with some of the … Continue reading

November 1, 2016 · Leave a comment

Schools and the Suppression of Creativity

  It has been argued before that the fundamental structures of school, in echoing the practices of early industry are designed with efficiency rather than effectiveness in mind. Not surprisingly, … Continue reading

October 31, 2016 · 1 Comment

Getting Everyone on Board for Learning

This post caught my attention as early in my career as I used a lot of lateral thinking to try and create the conditions for learning. The feigned heart attack … Continue reading

October 24, 2016 · Leave a comment

Aberfan: The mistake that cost a village its children

The story of what happened in the south Wales mining village of Aberfan is a devastating one which dealt a similar fate to the children who survived it. It is … Continue reading

October 21, 2016 · Leave a comment

What if there were more women in tech? | BBC News

From gender-neutral bots to period-friendly healthcare trackers, cars with more storage and clothes with bigger pockets – the world could be a very different place if there were more women … Continue reading

October 19, 2016 · Leave a comment

Learning Styles – Bastardising Neuroscience

Neuroscientists are notoriously difficult to engage with in a meaningful conversation about their research as it is so arcane and nuanced. Consequently when any piece of their research is released … Continue reading

October 17, 2016 · Leave a comment