The Learning Renaissance

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

Visualizing 21st-Century Classroom Design | Edutopia

These five steps are essential in creating a 21st-century classroom: establishing zones, ensuring resource accessibility, encouraging mobility, igniting inspiration, and fostering respect. Source: Visualizing 21st-Century Classroom Design | Edutopia

October 16, 2017 · Leave a comment

The Layout of Your Classroom Determines the Effectiveness of the Learning

To return to an earlier theme regarding the paucity of learning vision of many heads, this often manifests itself with regards to learning architecture and classroom furniture. Too often the … Continue reading

October 16, 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

Getting Everyone on Board for Learning

This post caught my attention as early in my career as I used a lot of lateral thinking to try and create the conditions for learning. The feigned heart attack … Continue reading

October 24, 2016 · Leave a comment

Classroom Design and Learning Outcomes

  When I was involved in the Building Schools for the Future programme in England I was often disheartened at the engagement with Headteachers when their school had been selected … Continue reading

September 26, 2016 · Leave a comment

How to Become and Remain a Transformational Teacher

David Cutler, writing for Edutopia, gives some pointers on teacher effectiveness in terms of creating and maintaining transformational learning opportunities in the classroom… How to Become and Remain a Transformational Teacher … Continue reading

September 21, 2016 · Leave a comment

Learning Design: Montessori and Other Approaches

  This is a think piece which simply shows three classrooms which reflect innovative educational philosophies from Montessori, Steiner and Reggio preschools. Can you formulate some understanding of the educational … Continue reading

September 19, 2016 · Leave a comment

Intros and Outros for the Classroom

Setting the tone and expectation for learning in the classroom will determine the success that students experience in the lesson. Such techniques establish routines and expectations for learning. Rebecca Alber outlines … Continue reading

August 22, 2016 · Leave a comment

Understanding Student Behaviours

  This article from Dr Richard Curwin on Edutopia rings true to me. I remember  particularly disruptive child in an inner city secondary school who would drive me to distraction … Continue reading

August 8, 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

Models of Leadership by Daniel Goleman

Daniel Goleman’s work on leadership goes some way to explaining how the leadership values and concerns help shape the culture of an organisation, be it a school or a more … Continue reading

July 11, 2016 · 1 Comment

Calming End-of-Year Stress | Edutopia

The school year’s end can be stressful to students leaving a structured environment for uncertain situations. Offer connection and affirmation to help them feel valued and confident. Read more in … Continue reading

July 4, 2016 · Leave a comment

End the Year with the Best. Final. Ever. | Edutopia

A few years ago I experimented with a collaborative, small group final project that students completed and presented to their peers within our final class period. It was such a … Continue reading

June 6, 2016 · 1 Comment

Visualising 21st Century Learning

Pulling together a range of different threads, Mary Wade at Edutopia has authored this article on the components of 21st century learning… Problem-based learning, makerspaces, flipped learning, student blogging – these … Continue reading

May 6, 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

Ten Top Tips for Revision Success from Cambridge University Press

A free, themed classroom poster each month from Cambridge University Press. Pin and print for use in your classroom! Classroom Posters on Pinterest | Cambridge University Press

April 15, 2016 · Leave a comment

Technology in the Classroom: Some Considerations

We have often written against the concept that sees technology in the classroom as the universal panacea for raising standards of learning in students. This is a more thoughtful piece … Continue reading

March 30, 2016 · Leave a comment

Working with students to give them value and values

I can’t fault any of these suggestions… I’d suggest new teachers work on these before embarking on any knee jerk disciplinary actions… Read the full article by Vicki Davis here: … Continue reading

March 25, 2016 · 2 Comments

The Anatomy of Classroom Learning: Hands Up!

A thought-provoking article from Alfie Kohn on how teachers elicit responses from students in class… Should teachers call on students who haven’t indicated they want to talk and, in fact, have … Continue reading

March 9, 2016 · Leave a comment

Learning Resources on YouTube

Some great learning resources on YouTube, courtesy of our friends at Educational  Technology and Mobile Learning. All the links provided below will open in a new window.   Categoryscien YouTube Channels … Continue reading

March 4, 2016 · Leave a comment

Five Questions to Remove from your Classroom

Originally posted on EDUWELLS:
I talk about teaching and learning quite a lot. In fact, if you ask my wife, probably a little too much. Because of this, teachers in…

February 26, 2016 · Leave a comment

20 Tips for Creating a Safe Learning Environment | Edutopia

Strategies for a safe, open, and community-focussed classroom environment. Find out more here: 20 Tips for Creating a Safe Learning Environment | Edutopia

January 20, 2016 · Leave a comment

Creative Ways to Grade and Provide Feedback for Students | Edutopia

  Students need feedback often and creating a system by rubber-stamping work can provide visible and immediate proof of student progress. This blog post by Ben Johnston has some great … Continue reading

January 13, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Relationship Between Environment and Learning: Brain Labs

Whilst working on the Building Schools for the Future programme in England we were able to consider the sort of spaces a schools required to actively promote learning. Until the … Continue reading

December 7, 2015 · Leave a comment

Ritual and Routine in School

Amid all the looking to the future, it is well worth pausing and considering some of the vital social and emotional elements that schools provide for their students. Certainly when … Continue reading

December 2, 2015 · Leave a 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