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

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

Resources to Fight Bullying and Harassment at School | Edutopia

Although this list is now a couple of years old, it’s still a great one-stop shop for websites, organizations, articles, planning guides, lesson plans, and other resources dedicated to preventing … Continue reading

August 26, 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

How a Teacher Eliminated Tests For One Year | Edutopia

Removing summative assessments from instructional practice can make class more interesting, engaging, and stress-free for students. I figured that after a year of quarantining and hybrid learning, it might be … Continue reading

July 27, 2022 · Leave a comment

What Fact-Checkers Know About Media Literacy – and Students Should Too | Edutopia

Professional fact-checkers use a strategy that’s at odds with how we usually teach information literacy. Here’s how to pass it on to your students. A fundamental problem, says Sam Wineburg, … Continue reading

July 20, 2022 · Leave a comment

Huge Emotions and the Adolescent Brain | Edutopia

Teachers can use clips from the movie Turning Red to explore with students the ways adolescence changes the brain. Read more here: Huge Emotions and the Adolescent Brain | Edutopia

July 15, 2022 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: The Power of Positive Emotion

July 14, 2022 · Leave a comment

Do Dyslexia Fonts Actually Work? | Edutopia

Specialized fonts for students with dyslexia are gaining in popularity. But they’re based on a key misconception, experts warn. Find out more here: Do Dyslexia Fonts Actually Work? | Edutopia

July 13, 2022 · Leave a comment

3 Key Areas for Educators to Reflect on This Summer | Edutopia

As the year ends, high school teachers and administrators can assess their schools’ traditions, celebrations, and student leadership practices. As we considered which traditions to bring back from before the … Continue reading

July 6, 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

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 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

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

How – and Why – to Introduce Visual Note-Taking to Your Students | Edutopia

Visual note-taking allows information to be processed by the brain in three different ways. Students who were asked to draw what they’d learned were nearly twice as likely to remember … Continue reading

March 30, 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

4 Core Purposes of Education, According to Sir Ken Robinson | Edutopia

There are a few terms that are often confused or used interchangeably – “learning,” “education,” “training,” and “school” – but there are important differences between them. Learning is the process … Continue reading

March 21, 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

4 Ways to Fight Bias in Grading | Edutopia

Unconscious bias may be unavoidable, but here’s how you can reduce its destructive impact. In the classroom, decades of evidence confirm that teachers are not immune and that some degree … Continue reading

February 23, 2022 · Leave a comment

3 Steps for Teachers Seeking to Be Lifelong Learners | Edutopia

Engaging in a process of learning, unlearning, and relearning puts educators on a path to continuous improvement. Somewhere between paralyzing impostor syndrome and insufferable arrogance, there is a sweet spot, … Continue reading

February 16, 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

Motivating Students By Changing Assessment Patterns

The Learning Renaissance has long argued for the development of new assessment models to involve and motivate students to more self-actualisation. Specifically, we have advocated the move away from summative … Continue reading

January 31, 2022 · Leave a comment

How School Leaders Can Build Realistic Optimism This Year | Edutopia

Amid the challenges of the past two years, a superintendent shares the four-step process he used to step back from his breaking point. …it seems we’ve all hit what feels … Continue reading

January 26, 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

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