The Learning Renaissance

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

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

Future Proof Your School: Steering Culture, Driving School Improvement and Developing Excellence

I’ve been working with Critical Publishing in putting together a series of books on education leadership and learning. The books focus on change management at the level of culture. and … Continue reading

December 10, 2018 · Leave a comment

Classroom Rules… Some Reasons Not to Have Them by David Tow | Edutopia

I’ve always thought the way forward is the self-regulated classroom where the rules come not from discipline enforced on the students, but from self-discipline displayed by them. This also highlights … Continue reading

November 28, 2018 · Leave a comment

The Best Lessons… Accidents, Design and Spontaneity!

Some of the worst lessons I have taught have been those which I prepared in greatest detail. Like the battle plans that did not survive the first engagement with the … Continue reading

November 19, 2018 · Leave a comment

I’m researching a book on examination preparation … can you help?

I’m currently researching a book I’ve been commissioned to write regarding the preparation of students for examinations. I’m reluctant to use the term ‘revision’ as it is the dichotomy between … Continue reading

November 16, 2018 · 3 Comments

Giving Learners Responsibility in Class

I like this idea, which is an extension of what goes on informally in most classrooms. I would want the roles to be rotated, with each role holder briefing the … Continue reading

November 5, 2018 · 1 Comment

Building Future Learning Models

Thanks to Innovative Global Education for this template to help develop new and challenging templates for learning units. When teachers work together to develop new modules, and even better, collaborate … Continue reading

October 19, 2018 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: Future Learning

October 9, 2018 · Leave a comment

Personalised Learning: It Isn’t All About Technology

Many have trumpeted the evolution of learning technologies as if they, and they alone will enable the development of personalised learning. That is a very restricted view of personalised learning … Continue reading

August 8, 2018 · Leave a comment

TV and Video in the Classroom: The Distance Travelled

It is many years ago that I had my first brush with television technology in the classroom. I was in the last year in primary school and at 10.45 in … Continue reading

July 2, 2018 · Leave a comment

The What and How of Flipped Learning

An interesting blog post from WIZIQ on the ideas behind the concept of Flipped Learning… Teachers crave to see all their students participating enthusiastically in the class. Instructors adopting flipped … Continue reading

June 20, 2018 · Leave a comment

Crafting Feedback That Leads to Learning

I remember, when on teaching practise, hearing horror stories of student teachers having to submit a planning book and a set of marked books every week to a mentor for … Continue reading

May 28, 2018 · Leave a comment
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