The Learning Renaissance

Neuroscience, Behaviour and Motivation

Our friends at Edutopia, and Judy Willis in particular, have put together this short paper on using neuroscientific principles to ensure that students are engaged and motivated across the span … Continue reading

October 9, 2019 · Leave a comment

Learning Processes: Respond, Reflect, Review

A major strand in the development of learning will be seismic changes in the purposes and processes of assessment. This process is already underway. There is increasing disillusion with summative … Continue reading

October 4, 2019 · Leave a comment

What’s Lost When We Rush Kids Through Childhood

A reductionist approach in many western nations has meant an undue emphasis on developing reading, writing and arithmetic as the foundations of success in learning. This in turn has led … Continue reading

September 25, 2019 · Leave a comment

SLANT Listening

The problem with listening is that too many people listen, simply with the intention of finding the gap with which to interject their own opinions. Deep listening, when you are … Continue reading

August 9, 2019 · 2 Comments

The Learning Pyramid – Teach What You Learn

In this example of the cone of learning and retention, the flat figure has been transposed into a pyramid and the suggestion is that the volume of each layer graphically … Continue reading

July 12, 2019 · Leave a comment

Communication and Learning Effectiveness – Insights and Words of Caution

I am indebted to Daniel Sobel for recounting this most valuable piece of research from Edgar Dale which has been in circulation since the late 1960s and yet which does … Continue reading

June 22, 2019 · 3 Comments

Blended Learning: Some Considerations

How do we take advantage of educational technology in learning? This infographic gives some consideration to the parameters that need to be addressed. In many classrooms, the rather unsubtle reality … Continue reading

June 14, 2019 · Leave a comment

Re-Examining Success

Artwork for the second of my books for Critical Publishing now complete… now just have to complete the writing!

June 6, 2019 · Leave a comment

The Limitations of Standardised Tests

This is why our examination systems are so flawed. They only present a one dimensional view of the student with only memory recall and the ability to sit examinations tested. … Continue reading

June 3, 2019 · Leave a comment

Personalised Learning in the 4th Industrial Revolution

Thanks to Dr Tassos Anastasiades for this model of learning that he has developed to reflect the higher order learning skills that need to be developed to equip students for … Continue reading

May 29, 2019 · Leave a comment

Project-Based Learning: Key Elements

It is always a treat to discover a new forward looking educator sharing ideas. Today I came across Edulearn2Change and found we share a lot of common ground regarding key … Continue reading

May 13, 2019 · Leave a comment

Reluctant learners (students and teachers) and what you can do about them…

In any educational setting there will be learners who are not fully engaged in the learning process for a variety of reasons. If you have led an INSET session, you … Continue reading

April 24, 2019 · Leave a comment

17 Teaching Principles of Effective Instruction | TeacherToolkit

Thanks to Ross Morrison McGill’s powerful Teacher Toolkit site for republishing this document which first appeared in the American Educator in 2012, and providing a commentary to go with it. … Continue reading

April 3, 2019 · Leave a comment

More Mistakes…

I’ve always been of the opinion that we learn so much more from our mistakes tan we do from our successes. In part that is why I’ve made so many … Continue reading

April 1, 2019 · Leave a comment

The Learning Value of Mistakes

There are environments where the absolute elimination of mistakes is a critical priority. Piloting airliners and neurosurgery come to mind. School-based learning should be more relaxed and mistakes should be … Continue reading

April 1, 2019 · Leave a comment

Condensed Lesson Planning

Ross Morrison McGill from Teacher Toolkit condenses twenty years of research on effective lesson planning into an A4 sheet… well worth the effort Ross! This single sheet is probably the … Continue reading

March 29, 2019 · Leave a comment

Dipsticks: Efficient Ways to Check for Understanding

Todd Finlay at Edutopia gives some great advice about checking for understanding. Such checks form a much better format for assessing learning than traditional marking as it gives the child … Continue reading

March 27, 2019 · Leave a comment

Gamification: Changing the Ground Rules For Learning

  Much has been written about the subject of gamification in learning. It covers a massive scope of developments. At one end of the spectrum is included artificial intelligence, online … Continue reading

March 11, 2019 · Leave a comment

Future Proof Your School: Schools reflecting on practice and reflecting in practice | Briefing Notes #4

You may be forgiven for thinking that the key premise of Future Proof Your School is that cultural change follows a top-down model in which the Head teacher of senior … Continue reading

March 8, 2019 · 3 Comments

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

Five Dimensions of Engaged Teaching

I began my teaching career, as so many do, thinking that mastery of subject knowledge was the foundation of my teaching! This infographic, from Michael McKnight, would have formed a … Continue reading

February 25, 2019 · Leave a comment

Critical Thinking Skills and a New Curriculum

Having taught History in secondary school, I always ensured I moved to schools which had adopted the School Council History Project (SCHP). Whereas many schools were happy to treat History … Continue reading

February 18, 2019 · Leave a comment

7 Deadly School Sins | TeacherToolkit

  I was amazed in the course of my school career about how much time was spent in busy work. Things which were done without question, and with little effectiveness. … Continue reading

February 13, 2019 · Leave a comment

Future Learning Models – An End to Curriculum!

Seymour Papert was seeing it clearly two decades ago. The pace of change in knowledge is so fast that it is meaningless to build a curriculum on a foundation of … Continue reading

February 11, 2019 · 1 Comment

Feedback and the folly of book marking for teachers and students alike

Thanks to Jon Tait for this little insight into a debate that has been going on for generations in education. When I started teaching, I had an expectation, developed from … Continue reading

January 20, 2019 · Leave a comment

Scaffolding Discussion: Socratic Method

If ever there was a time when students need to know how to conduct a discussion in a rational evidence based way then it is now. Web 2.0 has allowed … Continue reading

December 19, 2018 · Leave a comment
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