The Learning Renaissance

Critical Mass: Forces for Change in Education Worldwide

I have been much heartened over the previous months by conversations I have had with educators worldwide who are rejecting the premise of current educational models. Increasingly they are putting … Continue reading

July 4, 2022 · Leave a comment

How Music Primes Students for Learning | Edutopia

To reap the benefits of music on learning, kids need consistent and abundant musical practice, according to the latest cognitive research. What makes music learning so powerful is how it … Continue reading

June 29, 2022 · Leave a comment

Insights into the Parent Relationship with School and Learning from Liz Keable

I found a conversation started recently by Liz Keable on LinkedIn very insightful regarding the relationship of the parent and the school in supporting learning of the individual child. Improving … Continue reading

June 27, 2022 · Leave a comment

Bringing Environmental Action into the Classroom with Quality Resources | Transform Our World

A new hub of free, practical, curriculum-linked resources to help teachers empower students to think globally and act locally. Explore them here: Bringing Environmental Action into the Classroom with Quality … Continue reading

June 24, 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

The International Teacher Recruitment and Retainment Crisis

There has always been a ‘churn’ rate in teachers in school… a rate at which teachers entered and left the profession, many after the first few years of teaching. When … Continue reading

June 20, 2022 · Leave a comment

A Curriculum for the Future…

What at first sight may appear to be a rather Utopian mission statement for a forward-looking school is in fact nothing of the kind. This is the pre-amble to the … Continue reading

June 13, 2022 · Leave a comment

I Did. You Can: The Phil Crompton Interviews

I was both flattered and inspired to be asked by my old friend, Phil Crompton to take part in his series of interviews with people he considered to be ‘movers … Continue reading

June 10, 2022 · Leave a comment

Six Strategies for Building Empathy in the Classroom #EmpathyDay

Showing empathy can help teachers better understand and support students. Learn how you can incorporate this skill in your classroom. Source: Six Strategies for Building Empathy in the Classroom

June 9, 2022 · Leave a comment

How Project-Based Learning Can Teach Empathy in School | Edutopia #EmpathyDay

When PBL is personal to students, it can provide more than just content knowledge – it can also foster important connections. All communities have unique histories that can enlighten and … Continue reading

June 9, 2022 · Leave a comment

Building the Curriculum of the Future: Can you help? An Appeal to Education Leaders Worldwide

Noting the general malaise in education reported in the Western world I’m keen to explore solutions. In the past, the standard response to widespread teacher dissatisfaction has been a pay … Continue reading

June 8, 2022 · Leave a comment

Why India’s poorest children are falling further behind | BBC News

Ten-year old Laxmi may never return to school. When the first wave of Covid-19 hit India, in early 2020, her school closed its doors and now her parents can no … Continue reading

June 8, 2022 · Leave a comment

Empathy Day 2022 | Activity and Curriculum Ideas | Teachwire

How to embed empathy throughout your school. Find helpful resources ahead of June 9th 2022 here: Empathy Day 2022 | Activity and Curriculum Ideas | Teachwire

June 3, 2022 · Leave a comment

Recovering from Learning Loss: Opportunity in a Crisis

The Coronavirus has given schools some daunting challenges, not least of which is the learning time lost due to illness and closed schools during the pandemic. There is an urgent … Continue reading

May 30, 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

Some Vital Neuroscientific Information For the Classroom

Here’s a thought… in planning learning, what if the structure of the lesson was based not on Into, Body, Plenary or some such structure, and instead aimed to achieve that … Continue reading

May 13, 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

I Did. You Can. A Podcast with Phil Crompton

I had always expected to have a linear career as an educational professional aspiring to lead my own school, which I did. However, forces beyond my control then took over … Continue reading

May 9, 2022 · Leave a comment

Some Key Developmental Factors in Adolescent Learners… Ignore Them At Your Peril!

Teenagers can be annoying, can’t they just! Daydreaming, emotionally charged, refusing to sit still and just listen…  the list is endless, as any teacher will tell you. However, if you … Continue reading

May 6, 2022 · Leave a comment

Authentic Connection, the Secret to Effective Learning

Thank you to Visible Child for this timely and succinct reminder of what our role as educators involves for all those in our care… the role of the educational leader … Continue reading

May 2, 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

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

The Shape of Things to Come…

If anything summed up the attitude to education/learning development of the Learning Renaissance team, it is this infographic. However, it should be qualified. There are, in fact, no times of … Continue reading

April 18, 2022 · Leave a comment

Behaviours Which Give Opportunities for Personal Growth

Challenging behaviour… the very term is corrosive of the learning environment. Challenging behaviour assumes that the is a central purpose and a pedagogical style in which the teacher is the … Continue reading

April 15, 2022 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: Training

April 12, 2022 · Leave a comment

Sir Ken Robinson’s Legacy Continues

Probably the most influential educator of recent generations, Sir Ken Robinson inspired many with his wise words delivered with humour and insight. Do Schools Kill Creativity is still the most-watched … Continue reading

April 11, 2022 · Leave a comment

14 Things Every Student Needs

What does every single student need – absolutely, positively have to have – to succeed inside and outside of the classroom? Find out here: What Every Student Needs | Terry … Continue reading

April 8, 2022 · Leave a comment

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