The Learning Renaissance

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

3 Secrets of Fantastic Writing Instruction | Brain Waves Instruction

I like to spend a class period or two devoted to giving students an opportunity to determine a topic and begin to plan out their first draft.  It’s important to … Continue reading

May 18, 2022 · Leave a comment

Why Standardised Education Systems Are Failing or Why it’s Essential to Embrace Creativity in Education | Ac-Ed

Originally posted on ace-d:
For over 30 years or more the concept of standards and testing have characterised the mechanism by which policy has sought to improve education outcomes. There…

April 28, 2022 · Leave a comment

Music Learning: the Work of Phil Rooke

Phil Rooke has been a friend for a number of years now. He brings passion, ingenuity and collaboration to all his work with young people. He has recently begun pulling … Continue reading

January 18, 2022 · Leave a comment

Festive Creativity

At Lancaster Library, via Sophie Devonshire on Instagram

December 23, 2021 · Leave a comment

The School Newspaper… with an online twist!

In an increasingly sterile knowledge-based curriculum, the school newspaper provides an opportunity for pupils to write creatively, purposefully and for an audience whilst embracing skills such as collaboration and teamwork … Continue reading

November 1, 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

Philosophy for Children – Enhancing Cognitive Skills

There have long been advocates of Philosophy for Children (P4C) who have promoted the idea that dealing with the elements of thinking in a rational and systematic way would promote … Continue reading

June 7, 2021 · Leave a comment

In Schools, Are We Measuring What Matters? | Edutopia

The psychologist, researcher, and MacArthur Fellow Angela Duckworth believes that to make better decisions in our school systems, we need to rethink the way we measure student capabilities. Years ago, … Continue reading

March 10, 2021 · Leave a comment

Beyond STEM…Creativity

The headlong rush to promote STEM activities as the foundation of learning has had a detrimental effect on other areas of the curriculum, not least creativity. I’m not saying there … Continue reading

February 8, 2021 · Leave a comment

Student Agency and the Implications

When a curriculum comprehensively defines what, when and how learning will take place, it takes away initiative from the learner. Such a curriculum has building blocks of knowledge, which may … Continue reading

November 25, 2020 · Leave a comment

Education: Still trying to catch up with Lego!

This sounds like the template for a modern education.  

September 14, 2020 · Leave a comment

Sir Ken Robinson – a man who refused to see human potential wasted and had faith in the creativity of us all

I’ve been shocked to hear of the death of the staunchest advocate of creativity and human potential that is Sir Ken Robinson. I tend to be iconoclastic – show me … Continue reading

August 23, 2020 · 1 Comment

The Science Behind Brain Breaks | Edutopia

Research shows that breaks can provide more than rest. Use them to boost creativity, cognitive function, and social skills. Read more here: The Science Behind Brain Breaks | Edutopia   … Continue reading

June 17, 2020 · Leave a comment

CBeebies releases new mindfulness app experience voiced by Stephen Fry | BBC

Children can learn and develop mindful habits to help them through these unprecedented times with the launch of Your Mindful Garden, a new CBeebies activity voiced by Stephen Fry. Developed … Continue reading

May 8, 2020 · Leave a comment

New Studies Link the Arts to Crucial Cognitive Skills | Edutopia

I’ve often promoted STEM-based activities through the blog and I believe they have a vital role to play in encouraging more active and experimental thinking and experiential learning in schools. … Continue reading

April 17, 2020 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: The Value of Creative Arts in a Crisis

April 14, 2020 · Leave a comment

Learning Arches – a structured way to design online learning content quickly and consistently

This is a significant article for educators trying to quickly develop significant amounts of online learning to keep students supported with quality resources… click the link on the name to … Continue reading

March 25, 2020 · Leave a comment

Questions, Questions, Questions… Why Schools Are Killing Creativity

This is a very reflective piece from Wendy Berliner, brought to my attention by Charlotte Davies, which recalls some research from 2007 about children asking questions. The intensity with which … Continue reading

March 9, 2020 · 2 Comments

Thought For The Day: Art and Creativity

“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.” Pablo Picasso

December 5, 2019 · Leave a comment

Phil Rooke’s 15-minute Music Break: Music Building Learning!

I’ve been conversing with Phil Rooke on matters about the future of education for almost a decade and his passion and innovative insights never fail to impress me. At a … Continue reading

November 21, 2019 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: Teachers Who Inspire

November 14, 2019 · Leave a comment

The Arts – An Investment That Pays Dividends

There is a persistent myth in the education world that the Arts, broadly defined as creative arts and languages, is the icing on the education cake. The substance of the … Continue reading

May 27, 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

Crossing Divides: The friends who are good for your brain | BBC News

Why mixing with a diverse group of people can do a lot to make us more creative. Source: Crossing Divides: The friends who are good for your brain – BBC … Continue reading

March 10, 2019 · Leave a comment

Finnish Education: What’s All the Fuss About?

Thank you to my Finnish friend Pirjo Suhonen for this useful overview of Finnish education from ALO Finland. Without Imagination there is no Creativity or Innovation | ALO Finland

March 6, 2019 · Leave a comment

An Elective Component to your Curriculum: Promoting Student and Staff Motivation

The element of choice in the curriculum, at least in the UK, is a fairly obscure one. I’ve been involved in only one school in which the students were able … Continue reading

August 20, 2018 · Leave a comment

Stuck in the past: the UK needs to produce creative thinkers not exam-passing machines | TheConversation.com

The world is changing fast and education is not equipping children with the kind of minds they are going to need. At the moment, we exist in an education culture … Continue reading

April 18, 2018 · Leave a comment

The Education System: Crusher of Childhood Genius!

What many of us have suspected about the standardised, managerial industrial model of education has been confirmed by a longitudinal NASA study on creativity in children. Effectively the demand for … Continue reading

April 4, 2018 · 1 Comment

Creative Problem-Solving Techniques: Reversal

Developing creative approaches to problem-solving is clearly a key area for learning development. Here, a technique used in engineering is explained in a short presentation. Dr David Hall explains the … Continue reading

March 23, 2018 · 2 Comments

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