The Learning Renaissance

The Characteristics of Inspiring Teachers

Download this infographic entitled Characteristics of Inspiring Teachers, here. The infographic comes from the publication Inspiring teachers: perspectives and practices, and the full report can be viewed on ResearchGate, the … Continue reading

September 23, 2022 · Leave a comment

Cultivating Growth Mindsets in Classroom Makerspaces | Edutopia

When students are given space to tinker, overcome challenges, and explore independently and joyfully, opportunities to build up resilience and perseverance abound. via: Cultivating Growth Mindsets in Classroom Makerspaces | … Continue reading

September 14, 2022 · Leave a comment

Inspirational School-Based Rewards

Brian Mendler with a stroke of lateral thinking genius here: One of my fave ways to build culture is to reward everyone in honor of one. “Because Jenny had such … Continue reading

September 12, 2022 · Leave a comment

How Teachers Can Balance Friendliness With Firmness | Edutopia

By setting clear expectations for behaviour early on, teachers can have fun with their students without losing control of their classrooms. In my two decades plus of teaching middle school … Continue reading

September 7, 2022 · Leave a comment

For New Teachers, 6 Principles to Remember This School Year | Edutopia

It won’t be easy, but if you prepare for turbulence and set reasonable goals, you’ll stay calmer and make progress in all the right places. Filling papers with red ink … Continue reading

August 31, 2022 · Leave a comment

How Teachers Can Best Use Their Classroom Walls | Edutopia

Classroom walls don’t have to be Instagram-worthy so long as they display the right information and allow students to shine. If you’re like me, you might be ready to come … Continue reading

August 24, 2022 · Leave a comment

Classroom Management Tips for New Teachers, From a New Teacher | Edutopia

A first-year elementary teacher transformed her classroom with a focus on social and emotional learning… and a little help from Penny the Positivity Penguin. The entire vibe of the classroom … Continue reading

August 17, 2022 · Leave a comment

Creating a Classroom That Is Student, not Teacher, Driven: An Excerpt from ‘Teach More, Hover Less’ | Edutopia

Teachers can take a step back and create lessons that put student explorations at the centre of learning. A classroom free of micromanagement is not driven by a task-oriented approach. … Continue reading

June 22, 2022 · Leave a comment

How to Set Up a ‘No Points Off for Late Work’ Policy | Edutopia

A look at how one teacher adjusted her policies to encourage learners to turn in quality assignments, even if they were late. Ultimately, my students and I both appreciated the … Continue reading

May 11, 2022 · Leave a comment

Guiding Students to Develop a Clear Understanding of Their Phone Use | Edutopia

Banning cell phones from classrooms can backfire, but teachers can help students think critically about this addictive technology. It can also be tempting for schools to consider large-scale phone bans. … Continue reading

April 27, 2022 · Leave a comment

Boosting Critical Thinking Across the Curriculum | Edutopia

Visible thinking routines that encourage students to document and share their ideas can have a profound effect on their learning. Visible thinking routines can be an excellent and simple way … Continue reading

March 23, 2022 · Leave a comment

How to Use Emojis in Teaching | Edutopia

The fun little characters can add visual cues to student assignments and help you manage classroom routines. Helpful ideas from Dr Monica Burns here: How to Use Emojis in Teaching … Continue reading

March 16, 2022 · Leave a comment

3 Ways to Handle the Question ‘Am I Your Favorite Student?’ | Edutopia

This is a question that students will inevitably ask. It might not be enough to merely reply with forced honesty, “I don’t have favorites.” You might need a response or … Continue reading

March 2, 2022 · Leave a comment

Future Proof Your School: Intelligence Report 2: Understanding School Culture and Building it Into Your Improvement Strategy

In its simplest form, culture can be defined as ‘the way we do things round here’. It is a foolish school leader who fails to factor school culture into improvement … Continue reading

February 14, 2022 · Leave a comment

Finishing Class Strong With Optimistic Closures | Edutopia

The best closing activities use social and emotional practices to reinforce the day’s lessons, so students leave feeling confident – and competent – on their learning journey. Via: Finishing Class … Continue reading

February 11, 2022 · Leave a comment

Lesson Exit Prompts | Literacy in Focus

A simple series of prompts to help you design effective plenary sessions for your lessons from Literacy in Focus. Please share any particularly successful prompts you use to end and … Continue reading

January 14, 2022 · Leave a comment

How School Leaders Can Support Teachers and Students This Year | Edutopia

Rather than push more content and new initiatives, this year teachers and administrators should consider scaling back. One of the things we know about brains that have been pushed too … Continue reading

January 12, 2022 · Leave a comment

The 10 Most Significant Education Studies of 2021 | Edutopia

From reframing our notion of “good” schools to mining the magic of expert teachers, here’s a curated list of must-read research from 2021 from Edutopia. Not surprisingly the main focus … Continue reading

December 22, 2021 · Leave a comment

How to Create a Mindful Space for Self-Regulation | Edutopia

Setting aside a quiet room for students who need time and strategies to regulate their emotions helps them return to class feeling ready to learn. Students can access the Brave … Continue reading

December 1, 2021 · Leave a comment

How to Use a Class Google Site to Improve Organization and Engagement | Edutopia

This free tool helps students in the classroom and at home stay on the same page – and there are benefits for teachers as well. I have always prepared well … Continue reading

September 15, 2021 · Leave a comment

8 Ways Teachers Can Talk Less and Get Kids Talking More

Even when the learning has been turned over to the students, it’s still tempting to spend too much time giving directions, repeating important information, and telling students how they did … Continue reading

September 8, 2021 · Leave a comment

The Student Engagement Core Model

The Student Engagement Core Model Adapted from “Where student, teacher, and content meet: Student engagement in the secondary school classroom,” by Corso, M. J., Bundick, M. J., Quaglia, R. J., … Continue reading

August 6, 2021 · Leave a comment

4 Common Classroom Management Mistakes New Teachers Make and How to Avoid Them | Edutopia

New elementary teachers, take heart: Classroom management is hard, but not impossible. Keep these ideas in mind as you get started. Find out more from Lori Friesen here: 4 Common … Continue reading

August 4, 2021 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: Classroom Management Made Simple…

August 3, 2021 · Leave a comment

How New Teachers Can Start the First Year With Confidence | Edutopia

A set of strategies ranging from the simple—like organizing your room each day—to more complex ideas like turning your teaching philosophy into actions. Stepping into the classroom of your first … Continue reading

August 2, 2021 · Leave a comment

Classroom Management Strategies: The Ultimate List | Proud to be Primary

This list of classroom management strategies has something for every teacher! These strategies will encourage kids to follow classroom expectations and keep them engaged and learning. Find it here: Classroom … Continue reading

July 30, 2021 · Leave a comment

It’s the Way You Say It…

What you give will determine what you get… think about how you phrase things as it will determine the engagement of students… Further reading: Positive Language in the Classroom | … Continue reading

July 2, 2021 · Leave a comment

Mobile phone ban plan to improve school behaviour | BBC News

Mobile phone bans and other ways to create “calm classrooms” are to be considered to help improve discipline in England’s schools. Education Secretary Gavin Williamson said he wants to make … Continue reading

June 29, 2021 · Leave a comment

Five Ways Humor Boosts Creative Thinking and Problem-Solving in the Classroom | John Spencer

There is a very real vulnerability to humor, because, whether we want to admit it or not, we are trying to be humorous . . . or at least witty. … Continue reading

June 16, 2021 · 2 Comments

Enduring Practices From Remote Teaching | Edutopia

After a year-long crash course in digital tools and remote teaching, a teacher reflects on what will stick in her brick-and-mortar classroom. A living agenda—one that is updated every day—supports … Continue reading

June 9, 2021 · Leave a comment