The Learning Renaissance

Dyslexia: A Positive Insight

It is so refreshing to see a positive take on issues related to dyslexia. For all the difficulties in handling social situations, and managing number and literacy, there are insights … Continue reading

July 19, 2019 · Leave a comment

The Learning Pyramid – Teach What You Learn

In this example of the cone of learning and retention, the flat figure has been transposed into a pyramid and the suggestion is that the volume of each layer graphically … Continue reading

July 12, 2019 · Leave a comment

Differences Between Leadership and Management in Schools

I speak often about the quality of leadership in schools. Often I’m highlighting an imbalance between the leadership and the management roles of the headteacher. There has been a shift … Continue reading

July 8, 2019 · Leave a comment

The Make-Up of Neuro-Diverse Conditions: Symptoms, Signs and Overlaps

I find this helpful infographic by Mary Colley really helpful in understanding the landscape of neuro-diverse conditions and how they overlap. Discussion of these conditions and their impact on the … Continue reading

July 5, 2019 · Leave a comment

Workload Reduction Made Simple

In a nutshell this is all you need to know about workload reduction. An interesting conversation I’ve had with many teachers has been with regards to when they end projects … Continue reading

June 24, 2019 · 3 Comments

Communication and Learning Effectiveness – Insights and Words of Caution

I am indebted to Daniel Sobel for recounting this most valuable piece of research from Edgar Dale which has been in circulation since the late 1960s and yet which does … Continue reading

June 22, 2019 · 3 Comments

Blended Learning: Some Considerations

How do we take advantage of educational technology in learning? This infographic gives some consideration to the parameters that need to be addressed. In many classrooms, the rather unsubtle reality … Continue reading

June 14, 2019 · Leave a comment

The Dimensions of School Leadership

Thank To Andrew Howard for sharing this infographic regarding the dimensions of leadership required from a modern school leader. It rings true with my experience. In my new book Future … Continue reading

June 10, 2019 · Leave a comment

7 Traits of Effective Teachers

Thank you to Ross Morrison McGill for sharing this… Demming reconstituted, and why not, teachers are managers of learning, of inspiration and themselves!

June 7, 2019 · Leave a comment

Active Listening

May 31, 2019 · Leave a comment

Coaching vs Training

I think that Continuous Professional Development for teachers is in as much of a state of malaise as the teacher in the classroom. The root cause in both circumstances is … Continue reading

May 22, 2019 · Leave a comment

Explaining ADHD to Teachers | ADDitude

For teachers with a poor grasp of ADHD, they tend to deal with the outward behavioural manifestations as ‘behavioural issues’ without understanding, or coming to grips with, the underlying triggers … Continue reading

May 17, 2019 · Leave a comment

A Model For School Leadership

Whether you are running a group of schools or have just taken on your first middle leadership role, the job is basically the same. David Pendleton (2012) in his Primary Colours model … Continue reading

May 10, 2019 · Leave a comment

25 Recycling Activities for the Classroom | WeAreTeachers

Help your students take recycling to a whole new level in your classroom with these inspiration ideas and projects. See the full list here: 25 Recycling Activities for the Classroom … Continue reading

May 8, 2019 · Leave a comment

Masking Behaviours

Thanks to our friends at GoZen! for this timely insight into behaviours and what might be underlying them: 8 Ways A Child’s Anxiety Shows Up as Something Else | GoZen!

May 3, 2019 · Leave a comment

Social Justice in Your School: Aim For Liberation

Where is the focus on social justice in your school? This question goes beyond the issue of Equal Opportunities as it addresses the cultural drivers of your school – the … Continue reading

April 29, 2019 · Leave a comment

40 Ways to Stay Creative | Layerform.com

Thank you to Layerform.com who seem to have nailed this topic for us. It works equally well for adults and young people. Source: 40 Ways to Stay Creative | Layerform Design … Continue reading

April 26, 2019 · Leave a comment

Current CPD Pathways in UK Schools

This useful overview of current CPD pathways comes from Quintin Kynaston. One important element not touched on here is the format of the CPD in terms of it being an … Continue reading

April 12, 2019 · Leave a comment

Exercise and Well-Being (3) | BelievePHQ

Guidance for good mental health for teachers from Believe PHQ.

April 5, 2019 · Leave a comment

Exercise and Well-Being (1) | BelievePHQ

Thanks to Jon Tait for sharing this infographic from @BelievePHQ, which is as appropriate to staff as students.

April 5, 2019 · Leave a comment

17 Teaching Principles of Effective Instruction | TeacherToolkit

Thanks to Ross Morrison McGill’s powerful Teacher Toolkit site for republishing this document which first appeared in the American Educator in 2012, and providing a commentary to go with it. … Continue reading

April 3, 2019 · Leave a comment

More Mistakes…

I’ve always been of the opinion that we learn so much more from our mistakes tan we do from our successes. In part that is why I’ve made so many … Continue reading

April 1, 2019 · Leave a comment

The Learning Value of Mistakes

There are environments where the absolute elimination of mistakes is a critical priority. Piloting airliners and neurosurgery come to mind. School-based learning should be more relaxed and mistakes should be … Continue reading

April 1, 2019 · Leave a comment

Condensed Lesson Planning

Ross Morrison McGill from Teacher Toolkit condenses twenty years of research on effective lesson planning into an A4 sheet… well worth the effort Ross! This single sheet is probably the … Continue reading

March 29, 2019 · Leave a comment
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