The Learning Renaissance

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

Reaching Students With Emotional Disturbances | Edutopia

Seasoned educator Dr Lori Desautels shares four ideas for supporting students who have suffered emotional trauma. The encouraging news is that young people have the innate capacity to bounce back from … Continue reading

June 21, 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

4 Steps to Better Writers | Edutopia

Guest blogger Brian Sztabnik isolates four steps to becoming a better writer – Purpose, Organization, Evidence and Thesis (POET) – and, with this pre-writing exercise, encourages his students to ‘be … Continue reading

June 9, 2017 · Leave a comment

Digital Portfolios – The Art of Reflection | Edutopia

By collecting their learning artefacts and compiling them into portfolios, students should have an opportunity to reflect upon their experiences and see their own growth. Read the full article here: … Continue reading

June 7, 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

What is Emotional Self-Awareness?

Emotional Intelligence expert Daniel Goleman explains the connection between your emotions and your ability to lead. First in a series. Emotional Self-Awareness is the ability to understand your own emotions … Continue reading

May 24, 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

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

UN warns of millions missing school in conflict zones | BBC News

Warfare and conflict are preventing 25 million young people from getting any access to school, says Unicef. The United Nations children’s agency warns of the long-term cost of political violence, … Continue reading

May 8, 2017 · Leave a comment

Asperger Syndrome Primer | The National Autistic Society

Asperger Syndrome is a form of autism. People with Asperger Syndrome may find difficulty in social relationships and in communicating. Click through for a comprehensive summary of symptoms, the benefits … Continue reading

May 5, 2017 · Leave a comment

Selective schooling has negative impact on UK children, say world education experts | The Independent

Selective school systems such as grammar streams lower children’s expectations and impact negatively on the wider education system, world experts have said. As the Government pushes forward plans to create … Continue reading

April 26, 2017 · Leave a comment

Routine, Ritual, and School Community | Edutopia

Build a positive school culture and climate for students and staff alike by creating expectations around constructive routines and fun rituals. Read the full article here: Routine, Ritual, and School … Continue reading

April 24, 2017 · Leave a 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

The Looming Crisis in the English Schools System

An equitable funding formula is critical to a well performing school system. Without it, money tends to be attracted to the large leafy suburban schools, purely on the basis of … Continue reading

April 17, 2017 · Leave a comment

Who lost the most marks when cheating was stopped? | BBC News

When Romania stopped cheating in its exams, it revealed the scale of the social gap in its school system. But research into an ostensibly successful anti-corruption campaign in Romania has … Continue reading

April 12, 2017 · Leave a comment

30 of the Best Books to Teach Children Empathy | TeachThought

Often confused with sympathy and compassion, empathy is, put simply, the ability to feel what another person is feeling. Unlike sympathy or compassion, empathy doesn’t require you to feel for  them, though … Continue reading

March 27, 2017 · Leave a comment

Neil Gaiman: Why our future depends on libraries, reading and daydreaming | The Guardian

This article first appeared in The Guardian in 2013, but remains pertinent today. A lecture explaining why using our imaginations, and providing for others to use theirs, is an obligation … Continue reading

March 22, 2017 · Leave a comment

Digital Engagement for All

Mal Lee and Roger Broadie outline how to engage all learners with digital technology. The digital and the socially networked is not going to be the answer for all, and … Continue reading

March 15, 2017 · Leave a comment

Differentiation: Education For All Abilities | @TeacherToolkit

  How do you differentiate a lesson where you have such a wide range of abilities? Stretching and challenging every ability is possible and differentiation is the key to unlocking … Continue reading

March 8, 2017 · Leave a comment

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