The Learning Renaissance

Lesson Planning 101 | Ac-Ed

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? It may appear simple to say that there has to be a beginning, middle and end but is important that we do not miss any…

April 29, 2018 · Leave a comment

WHY? | Ac-Ed

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Why dedicate yourself to introducing and promoting a way of thinking about, and going about, teaching and learning? I was asked this question and have been…

April 21, 2018 · Leave a comment

Learning to say “No” | Ac-Ed

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Teachers, on the whole, are a pretty compliant bunch. Ask them to do anything and they will often find a way to add it to their…

April 17, 2018 · Leave a comment

How Finnish Education Flourishes…

Just in, how to create the best and most successful education system on the planet!  Not forgetting that it is all about culture… Finnish Education – the Secret Sauce by Pirjo Suonen … Continue reading

March 28, 2018 · Leave a comment

Collaborative problem-solving and why it matters for learning | IOE London Blog

The results of the 2015 PISA collaborative problem solving assessments were  published last November. In Andreas Schleicher’s editorial, he confirmed that solving problems with others (collaborative problem-solving) is a key skill for … Continue reading

February 19, 2018 · Leave a comment

Clive Shepherd surveys Personalised Learning

A valuable contribution to the debate on personalised learning and why we do it so badly in the UK… Clive Shepherd on Personalised Learning

February 7, 2018 · Leave a comment

Leadership Posters | Ac-Ed

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Leadership Posters ? ? ? The article featured in Innovate my school about my reflections and insights into school leadership “’Are some school leaders too compliant?”…

January 26, 2018 · Leave a comment

Some Principles in Designing Learning Spaces – Rosen Bosch

When working on the Building Schools for the Future programme we always used to talk about learning spaces, even when teachers talked about classrooms. The standard classroom can be a … Continue reading

November 20, 2017 · Leave a comment

The Teacher: Are they the only redeeming feature of the educational environment in our schools? | Ac-Ed

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It is fair to say not all learners thrive in the educational environment of the school. Do we though, instead of investigating and remedying this situation,…

October 21, 2017 · Leave a comment

Why Good Schools Are Happy Places | HuffPost

Consider all that occurs in the short span of ten minutes at the start of each day at my son’s school. Students participate in a community that values play, song, … Continue reading

July 12, 2017 · Leave a comment

A Riposte to the Traditional Written Exam

This is a forthright and provocative attack on standard written examinations from the CEO of Yacapaca, Ian Grove-Stephensen. It certainly resonates with my experience… It is long past time to … Continue reading

July 10, 2017 · Leave a comment

Why Creativity?

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Is creativity important, and specifically is it so in teaching and learning? My short answer,  “Yes”. I would argue that without creativity there is the danger…

February 2, 2017 · Leave a comment

The Trouble with Symptoms in Education Terms

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In education it is more often than not that we treat the symptom and ignore the underlying cause.  In life we will often hide the true cause…

October 27, 2016 · Leave a comment

Scaffolding Learning – a different perspective?

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As teachers we break a subject down into components or elements of knowledge and understanding, into learning steps if you like. We then find the “best”…

October 18, 2016 · Leave a comment

Using Learning Intelligence* to leverage learning

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What does being a better learner mean? If I asked you the same in terms of football, or any other sport you would more than likely…

October 1, 2016 · Leave a comment

Managing the Arrival of a New Principal

The arrival of a new principal at your school is a significant moment for both the principal and the staff. It may herald fast and profound cultural change and, depending … Continue reading

September 7, 2016 · Leave a comment

The importance of a positive teacher-student relationship: it can boost good behavior in teens for up to 4 years | ace-d

Originally posted on From experience to meaning…: We’ve known for a long time that a positive relationship between teachers and students is important for learning. In the work of John … Continue reading

August 16, 2016 · Leave a comment

Improving Student Attendance: Lateral Thinking and Management Information

Often the most useful strategies for improving school performance require some lateral thinking and a look beneath the surface of an issue. One of the most intractable problems all schools … Continue reading

July 13, 2016 · Leave a comment

Michael Rosen on the Breaking of Educational Principles

An interesting article from writer and poet Michael Rosen on the current state of UK State Education. Rosen believes that the current Tory government have bent and broken two fundamental … Continue reading

June 15, 2016 · Leave a comment

Poverty, its impact on learners, and what is to be done about it…

William Parrett and Kathleen Budge share some insights on poverty among learners in this Edutopia article… Leading underachieving students in poverty to success involves asking the right questions, finding the … Continue reading

May 9, 2016 · 1 Comment

Critical Thinking: The How Not What of Learning

This is an interesting article by Dr Roy van den Brink-Budgen on critical thinking in schools which also allows you to register for a large scale study and keep abreast … Continue reading

May 4, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Importance of Play in Learning

I remember primary school as being a joyous time of play and joyous learning in which the end of year test was an annoying, if short term inconvenience. Things are … Continue reading

May 2, 2016 · Leave a comment

An Even Better Way | Ac-Ed

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Schools are pushing students at this time of year to make or exceed their target grades. A great deal goes on both during school, after school…

April 26, 2016 · Leave a comment

Leadership and the Arts – the Counterpoint to STEM

A short and informative article by John Zermani promoting the role of Arts in the development of leadership: An artful leader must know how to lead people creatively. Since all … Continue reading

April 25, 2016 · Leave a comment

Lesson Closure Ideas

The idea that the lesson is far more than an opportunity for information transfer is central to the idea of a learning renaissance. To this end, Todd Finlay offers these … Continue reading

April 20, 2016 · Leave a comment

Leadership Reflections

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I have been led by others and I have led others. I have studied leadership and I have experienced good and poor leadership. I have worked…

April 9, 2016 · Leave a comment

Communication Strategies with Pen and Other Tools

We have touched before on the pre-occupation of many controlling educational policy development on a restricted view of the need to develop writing as a means of communication, often to … Continue reading

April 6, 2016 · Leave a comment
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