The Learning Renaissance

Critical Child Development Sequences and Milestones, via Charlotte Davies

I have long taken an interest in the posts of Charlotte Davies. Her specialism is in cognitive and development issues and the impact of underdevelopment on the potential of young … Continue reading

September 5, 2022 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: Training

April 12, 2022 · Leave a comment

Tools for Social and Emotional Development in Online Learning | Edutopia

A school counselor offers suggestions for character education and social and emotional learning during remote instruction. Also important is encouraging students to understand how their behaviors impact the feelings of … Continue reading

November 13, 2020 · Leave a comment

Scotland becomes first part of UK to ban smacking | BBC News

  Scotland’s ban on parents smacking their children has become law, making it the first part of the UK to outlaw physical punishment of under-16s. Parents and carers were previously … Continue reading

November 8, 2020 · Leave a comment

The Vital Importance of Play in Learning

Pirjo Suhonen and I have had a number of online conversations about effective learning and she is my ‘go-to’ educationalist for insights into Finnish education. One of our areas of … Continue reading

October 5, 2020 · Leave a comment

Enhancing Your Child’s Emotional Intelligence

Thanks to Hannah Simnett of Cherished for sharing this post. Source:  @TutorDocTucson

June 5, 2020 · Leave a comment

A Diagram of Student Engagement Patterns from Ruby Jo Walker et al

I am indebted to Daniel Sobel for bringing this infographic to my attention. It was compiled by Ruby Jo Walker and associates and seeks to describe the range of levels … Continue reading

January 31, 2020 · Leave a comment

Tomatis: Linking Sound Processing and Learning

I have become very interested in the work of Charlotte Davies in the field of Tomatis research. It is only in the last year that this significant aspect of learning … Continue reading

January 29, 2020 · Leave a comment

The Unequal Playing Field of Education

In  my new book, Re-Examining Success, out in March 2020, I outline ways in which the current examination system disproportionately favours those from relatively settled and well off homes. To … Continue reading

January 20, 2020 · Leave a comment

What’s Lost When We Rush Kids Through Childhood

A reductionist approach in many western nations has meant an undue emphasis on developing reading, writing and arithmetic as the foundations of success in learning. This in turn has led … Continue reading

September 25, 2019 · Leave a comment

The Pyramid of Learning – Sensory Integration

When people, particularly politicians, speak of learning related to schools, they adopt a very narrow definition of learning. Essentially they talking about curriculum, and that is effectively about the content … Continue reading

September 23, 2019 · Leave a comment

Child Development Stages – Charlotte Davies | Fit-2-Learn

Thank you to Charlotte Davies, a Director of Fit-2-Learn, who shared this useful infographic on child development. It outlines and integrates the various stages children need to go through in their … Continue reading

September 2, 2019 · 1 Comment

15+ Strategies to Help Build Self-Regulation Skills

Source: 15+ Strategies to Help Build Self-Regulation Skills

August 14, 2019 · Leave a comment

Helping Students Use Improvement Plans to Develop Self-Regulation | Edutopia

Guiding students to create on an ongoing cycle of growth in self-regulation starts with having them set explicit goals for themselves. Self-regulation is a skill that takes a long time … Continue reading

August 14, 2019 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: Children’s Emotional Needs

May 7, 2019 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: Listen to Your Child

March 14, 2019 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: The Independent Child

November 21, 2017 · Leave a comment

Project-Based Learning: A Study

One of the joys of my primary school was the summer opportunity to complete an extended project. We were left to our own devices for almost two weeks and had … Continue reading

August 7, 2017 · Leave a comment

Set to Fail – The Reluctant Learners

We’ve all been there as teachers… the Year 9 student who oozes negativity, seems determined to disrupt the learning of others and drives you to distraction with every comment. My … Continue reading

July 31, 2017 · 3 Comments

How will I cope with my child’s first day at school? | BBC iWonder

Getting you and your child prepared for the big step up to formal education can help put some anxieties to rest. Read this collection insightful advice on the BBC website: … Continue reading

September 5, 2016 · Leave a comment

Outdoor learning ‘boosts children’s development’ | BBC News

Outdoor learning can have a positive impact on children’s development but it needs to be formally adopted, a report suggests. Childhoods were dramatically changing, with fewer opportunities to spend time … Continue reading

July 19, 2016 · Leave a comment

Brain Development and Adolescent Growth Spurts

  Although the specific neurological pathway to more effective learning is obscure, there is little doubt that secondary school education takes place against a neurological background of massive change in … Continue reading

June 1, 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

The Importance of Being a Reflective Parent | Sheila Redfern

The social environment of the family a child is raised is pivotal to how a child develops. One important feature within the family environment is how parents respond to their … Continue reading

March 28, 2016 · 1 Comment

Thought For The Day: MLK Jr on Silence

December 15, 2015 · Leave a comment

Thought for the Day: One Size Doesn’t Fit All

December 1, 2015 · 1 Comment

Educational Theories Explored – An Index of the Most Influential Theories Informing Learning Design

Without a coherent and consistent theory to underpin learning, you risk each lesson or learning episode becoming a stand alone and random opportunity. Our friends at Educational Technology and Mobile Learning have referred … Continue reading

November 27, 2015 · 10 Comments

Education as a commodity rather than a public good

One of the most regressive elements in education presently is the idea that learning is just another commodity. Once this is accepted it can be reduced by a managerial outlook … Continue reading

November 16, 2015 · 3 Comments