The Learning Renaissance

Engagement Strategies from teachertrap.com

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

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

Dyspraxia Checklist For Teachers and Parents

Source: Dyspraxia Checklist For Teachers and Parents | StephaniePressman

August 10, 2018 · Leave a comment

Recognising what motivates your team members is the key to successful learning projects

Until you can recognise what motivates the individuals in your team, you will never be able to reach their maximum performance and work in independent, autonomous and sustainable ways. This … Continue reading

August 3, 2018 · Leave a comment

Leadership Traits

I’m currently in the feverish process of writing a book on leadership and culture. Coming across this, it helped me clarify some thoughts and took  me to thinking about leaders … Continue reading

July 30, 2018 · Leave a comment

Inclusion in Your School – The Key Questions

A simple and helpful list with which to audit your provisions to see if you really are being inclusive in your culture and practice. For more Inclusion resources and insight: www.theinclusiveclass.com … Continue reading

July 20, 2018 · Leave a comment

The Stresses on Modern Teenagers in the West

An interesting discussion piece on the stresses on modern teenagers. I have qualified the piece with the modifier “in the west” as I don’t think we can assume that the … Continue reading

July 16, 2018 · Leave a comment

The Baggage or Benefits Your Students Bring to Class

Source: Early Childhood Experiences | nBalanc.com

July 13, 2018 · Leave a comment

Neural State and Student Emotional Behaviour

I remember wading into quite a serious fight at school and having to separate the antagonists and make a quick assessment of their emotional states so as to decide who … Continue reading

July 9, 2018 · Leave a comment

Self Control

This is a useful infographic via Daniel Sobel which helps to explain things within and beyond the control of the individual. I would suggest a copy appears in every classroom… … Continue reading

July 6, 2018 · Leave a comment

TV and Video in the Classroom: The Distance Travelled

It is many years ago that I had my first brush with television technology in the classroom. I was in the last year in primary school and at 10.45 in … Continue reading

July 2, 2018 · Leave a comment

Pinning Down a Definition of Emotional Resilience

Education seems agreed that we need more emotional resilience as it is a good thing but, you can’t develop it until you define it. Via Daniel Sobel. Download the pdf … Continue reading

June 29, 2018 · Leave a comment

Mindset: The Key to Culture and Emotional Well-being in Schools

June 29, 2018 · Leave a comment

Managing Emotions: Key Questions to Ask

A useful infographic from The Gottman Institute explores how to develop emotional resilience and awareness as a student and a teacher.

June 28, 2018 · Leave a comment

Behaviour: What’s Below the Surface

I’ve always believed that what constitutes poor student behaviour has reasons. If you can understand the reasons which bring on the behaviour, you might have as chance of modifying it. … Continue reading

June 26, 2018 · 2 Comments

Emotional First Aid for Teachers and Students!

The best teachers will be remembered not for the content of their lessons, but for the care and support they showed their students. This outlines a systematic way to support … Continue reading

June 25, 2018 · Leave a comment

Data Management and Purposes

The fact that we can accumulate data, does not give it some spurious meaning or validation. The management of data in schools should be about yielding insights into how to … Continue reading

June 18, 2018 · Leave a comment

Emotional Intelligence and Leadership

Look at the graphic and then cross reference it to the leaders you have known…

June 15, 2018 · Leave a comment

Transactional Analysis in Language, Gesture and Expression

I was very taken when I was first introduced to Transactional Analysis at University. That and Erving Goffman’s Presentation of Self in Everyday Life were probably the two summit points … Continue reading

June 4, 2018 · Leave a comment

Measuring Friendship

Students attempt to quantify friendship and the qualities related to it: Not sure about the “special handshakes” though!

June 1, 2018 · Leave a comment
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