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Permission Slips for Teachers and Students

I was very taken by this sheet by northstarpaths.com, recently shared by Finnish educator Pirjo Suhonen. I suggest we print and distribute to classes and the staff room, particularly the slip … Continue reading

January 18, 2019 · Leave a comment

Sabotaging Your Own Classroom!

These are all pretty effective ways to undermine your work in the classroom… usually it takes years to appreciate this. Middle school veteran Jennifer Gonzalez identifies 10 ineffective habits new … Continue reading

January 11, 2019 · Leave a comment

An Open Invitation from the Learning Renaissance to Join Our International Reflective Learning Community Resource

If you represent a school or other learning establishment, you are very welcome to include a link to the Learning Renaissance on your online Continuing Professional Development (CPD) library. There … Continue reading

January 7, 2019 · Leave a comment

Making Bloom’s Taxonomy work for your student’s learning

December 21, 2018 · Leave a comment

Inclusion means Inclusion

In the UK there have been a whole range of strategies employed to ensure that learners with perceived learning disabilities receive their education. Roughly speaking they have, over time comprised … Continue reading

December 14, 2018 · 2 Comments

Presenting Anxiety

Source: http://www.thepathway2success.com

November 30, 2018 · Leave a comment

Asking Meaningful Questions of Your Child…

As parents we have all asked the inevitable “How was Your Day?” questions to gain some insight into how our children have been in school.  Perhaps it is the GIGO … Continue reading

November 23, 2018 · 1 Comment

Behaviour Triggers for Children with Autism

Any educational professional who deals regularly with young people with Autism Spectrum Disorders will recognise these triggers to emotional reactions. Thank you to Daniel Sobel for sharing this…   Source: www.doodle.ac

November 16, 2018 · Leave a comment

An Interesting Graphic of the Wealth of Nations Begging Many Questions…

November 9, 2018 · Leave a comment

Giving Learners Responsibility in Class

I like this idea, which is an extension of what goes on informally in most classrooms. I would want the roles to be rotated, with each role holder briefing the … Continue reading

November 5, 2018 · 1 Comment

Collaboration: The Future of Learning

The future of learning will be less about information transmission from teacher to student (pedagogy) and more about the student determining the how, the where and the when of learning … Continue reading

October 15, 2018 · Leave a comment

Solutions to the CPD Issue

The problem with Continuous Professional Development is often that it is not continuous, isn’t professional and doesn’t address valid developmental issues. This prompt sheet gives some ideas as to how … Continue reading

October 12, 2018 · Leave a comment

The Impact of Domestic Violence on Children: Signs and Symptoms

This useful infographic created by Terran Smith was shared by Daniel Sobel and illustrates the impact of domestic violence on children in terms of signs and symptoms they might display. … Continue reading

October 5, 2018 · Leave a comment

Dealing with Trauma

At some point in your teaching career you will be confronted by a student or colleague coming to terms with a traumatic incident in their life. Sympathy and empathy will … Continue reading

October 5, 2018 · Leave a comment

Supporting Children with Traumatic Grief

I remember well being told when I was in primary school that a close friend and classmate had lost his mother at the weekend. I’ve also had to deal with … Continue reading

October 5, 2018 · Leave a comment

Fake News and the Assault on Rational Thought

I have to thank my Indian friend and colleague, Arunabh Singh of Nehru World Schools, who shared clear outline of how to use your critical faculties to spot the news … Continue reading

September 28, 2018 · Leave a comment

The Difference Between Fair and Equal in Educational Provision

In providing for students of differing abilities and aptitudes we have to realise that  striving for equality of provision, might not necessarily provide a fair solution for all students. Download … Continue reading

September 21, 2018 · Leave a comment

Engagement Strategies from teachertrap.com

For those days when your batteries are low and you need to come up with some new learning strategies…

September 14, 2018 · Leave a comment

Educational False Starts and Heutagogy

I am as prone as the next teacher to exploring new approaches to learning, but it could be said that teachers are naïve suckers for an all-encompassing solution to learning. … Continue reading

September 12, 2018 · Leave a comment

The Power of Positivity with Children

Another post to start the new academic year on a positive note. I like the spirit, if not the content of some of these comments. Looks a little like someone … Continue reading

September 7, 2018 · Leave a comment

Marking… Making a Fresh Start

Marking, done well and in an ipsative way can enhance the quality and pace of learning. Done badly it helps nobody and eats up teacher time outside the classroom. The … Continue reading

September 7, 2018 · Leave a comment

The Power of Positive Language

As the new academic year beckons, some thoughts on the language you use with students and the responses it elicits… Much of the response you generate from learners will be … Continue reading

August 31, 2018 · 1 Comment

A Simple Mental Health Pain Scale | The Graceful Patient

Originally posted on The Graceful Patient:
A good friend pointed out, after my last post on the importance of physical pain scale accuracy, that we lack decent ways to communicate…

August 26, 2018 · Leave a comment

How Teachers Make a Difference…

Some more thoughts on how teachers can be systematic in their quest to make a difference in the lives of young people… once again, there is no mention of content … Continue reading

August 24, 2018 · Leave a comment

Encouraging your Children and Students

Some simple, clear and effective things to say to your children (be they yours or in your class) every day.

August 17, 2018 · Leave a comment
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