The Learning Renaissance

Why Studying Is So Hard, and What Teachers Can Do to Help | Edutopia

Beginning in the upper elementary grades, research-backed study skills should be woven into the curriculum, argues psychology professor Daniel Willingham in a new book. As a professor, my students were … Continue reading

March 15, 2023 · Leave a comment

The 15 Best Activities for Children to Learn Through Play |

Playtime is vital to a child’s development. Here are of the 15 best activities for children to help them learn through play, as compiled by the babysitting website Sitters. Find … Continue reading

March 10, 2023 · Leave a comment

The Power of Play-Based Learning in preschool and elementary school | Edutopia

Research shows play-based learning can be more effective than direct instruction at improving outcomes for early learners – particularly in the development of mathematical and spatial skills. “In redefining play … Continue reading

March 8, 2023 · Leave a comment

Using ChatGPT in Writing Lessons | Edutopia

Teachers can use tools like ChatGPT as one strategy in their efforts to teach students how to think critically and write effectively. In a social studies classroom, students might craft … Continue reading

March 1, 2023 · Leave a comment

What is ChatGPT and why does it matter? Here’s everything you need to know | ZDNET

This AI chatbot’s advanced conversational capabilities have created quite the buzz. Here’s what you need to know: What is ChatGPT and why does it matter? Here’s everything you need to … Continue reading

March 1, 2023 · Leave a comment

A Simple Strategy to Encourage Student Reflection and Improvement | Edutopia

Teachers can guide students to analyze a learning experience by asking about what went well and what could be improved. A plus delta is a simple tool that teachers can … Continue reading

February 22, 2023 · Leave a comment

Creating Comics in Classrooms | Edutopia

Students who learn how to make comics – even simple ones – become stronger storytellers and gain confidence in their ability to be creative. Celebrated visual thinkers such as Austin … Continue reading

February 15, 2023 · Leave a comment

Eight Things You Use Every Day But Never Knew Their Name | BBC Bitesize

What’s the proper name for your little toe? Or that bit on the end of your shoelace? Find enlightenment here: Eight things you use every day but never knew their … Continue reading

February 10, 2023 · Leave a comment

3 Ways to Help Students Learn From Their Tests | Edutopia

Participating in a review exercise right after a test is an effective way for students to strengthen their metacognitive skills. Encourage students to do a brain dump right after a … Continue reading

February 8, 2023 · Leave a comment

Using Infographics to Build Media Literacy and Higher-Order Thinking Skills | Edutopia

Teaching infographic literacy involves asking students to flex their critical thinking skills – and their creative muscles. To guide teachers, Smith and Robertson suggest a new framework breaking down the … Continue reading

February 1, 2023 · Leave a comment

Incorporating Simple, Student-Designed Assessments in School | Edutopia

Many thanks to Lindsay Mitchell for this useful Edutopia article on making learners more involved in their own assessment. The move from testing as something ‘done to’ students to a … Continue reading

January 25, 2023 · Leave a comment

3 Ways to Help Students Learn From Their Tests | Edutopia

Thanks to Sarah Kesty for this timely reminder from Edutopia about maximising the value of a test for student learning. Too often tests are seen simply as a pedagogical device … Continue reading

January 11, 2023 · Leave a comment

A Framework for Fostering Rigour in Project-Based Learning (PBL): Hexagonal Thinking

The move away from a content-led curriculum and towards more project-based learning characterises the determination to give pupils more agency, control, independence and autonomy in their learning. However, there is … Continue reading

January 9, 2023 · Leave a comment

Why do we keep misspelling these words? | BBC Bitesize

What commonly misspelt words reveal about the evolution of the English language… Source: Why do we keep misspelling these words? | BBC Bitesize

January 6, 2023 · Leave a comment

New Year, New Habits: 5 Tips for Great Teaching | Resilient Educator

The middle of the school year is a perfect time to take stock of your goals and accomplishments while correcting any bad habits students may have developed. Read the article … Continue reading

January 4, 2023 · Leave a comment

Who Was Good King Wenceslas and Was He Actually Good? | HistoryExtra

To those who only know Wenceslas from the popular Christmas carol, he is a kind-hearted king helping the poor. To the people of the Czech Republic, he is their patron … Continue reading

December 21, 2022 · Leave a comment

The 10 Most Significant Education Studies of 2022 | Edutopia

Edutopia have pored over hundreds of educational studies and pulled out the most impactful… from a new study on the sneaky power of sketchnotes, to research that linked relationships and … Continue reading

December 19, 2022 · Leave a comment

Co-teaching With Myself: Using Your Own Videos in Blending Learning | Edutopia

Creating his own instructional videos allowed one teacher to be in two places at once in his classroom. My student-musicians and I got to know each other much better in … Continue reading

December 14, 2022 · Leave a comment

15 Learning Theories in Education (A Complete Summary) |

Since Plato, many theorists have emerged, all with their different take on how students learn. Learning theories are a set of principles that explain how best a student can acquire, … Continue reading

December 12, 2022 · Leave a comment

Using Hand Signals for More Equitable Discussions | Edutopia

Whether your class discussions are online or off, hand signals enable students to engage in multiple ways. Because hand signals allow students to engage both verbally and nonverbally, conversations that … Continue reading

December 7, 2022 · Leave a comment

‘It feels like fresh air to my ears’: can brown noise really help you concentrate? | The Guardian

Some people use it to improve their focus while others use it to drop off to sleep. The writer Zadie Smith says she listens to it day and night. But … Continue reading

December 5, 2022 · Leave a comment

4 Ways Classroom Design Impacts Executive Functioning | Edutopia

Effective classroom design can help elementary students develop skills like organization and task initiation. Good classroom design supports working memory by limiting teacher language and verbal directions. When the design … Continue reading

November 30, 2022 · Leave a comment

The Big Idea: Do We All Experience the World in the Same Way? | The Guardian

Every human brain is different – it’s time to embrace the diversity of our experiences. …since we all have different brains, making slightly different best guesses, we will all have … Continue reading

November 28, 2022 · Leave a comment

11 Books Teachers Can Use to Encourage Creative Young Artists | Edutopia

These stories about artists and illustrators known for their inventive use of materials encourage creativity in young learners. …schools that embrace initiatives such as STEAM will find an invaluable resource … Continue reading

November 25, 2022 · Leave a comment

25 Essential High School Reads From the Last Decade | Edutopia

Edutopia asked members of the education community to share recently published novels they would love to have read in high school. These are the top picks: 25 Essential High School … Continue reading

November 25, 2022 · Leave a comment

How to Build an Engaging Classroom Library | Edutopia

Teachers can provide meaningful texts for their students that reflect their interests and facilitate deep connections to what they’re reading. …thinking of classic literature, the ways in which characters who … Continue reading

November 23, 2022 · Leave a comment

How to Work Literacy Instruction Into All Content Areas | Edutopia

Math, history, science, and even art teachers often find themselves trying to work literacy instruction into their classrooms. After all, the ability to read, synthesize, and explain concepts and ideas … Continue reading

November 21, 2022 · Leave a comment

Improve Your Mental Health With These 6 Mind-Changing Exercises | CNET

Thought exercises can help you reframe your negative thinking and control worrying. Not only can thought exercises help you ease stress, they also can help make our subconscious thoughts go … Continue reading

November 18, 2022 · Leave a comment

How The Term ‘Mad Scientist’ Began And How It Shapes Our World | Discover Magazine

While mad scientists abound in sci-fi and horror stories, the first true mad scientist didn’t appear until 1816. Tracing the term through history and literature helps us to understand how … Continue reading

November 16, 2022 · Leave a comment

Cultivating Emotion Regulation and Mental Health | Scientific American

Susanne Schweizer is a neuroscientist investigating the development of emotional regulatory processes and their role in mental health across the lifespan. We found that the impact of emotional information on … Continue reading

November 14, 2022 · Leave a comment