The Learning Renaissance

Attention Please! Getting on Task

You may be surprised at what I am going to share with you today, but it has serious focus and purpose. It has been traditional to think of the teacher … Continue reading

April 9, 2018 · Leave a comment

Micro-learning Explained

Whilst completing my teacher training certificate we were introduced to the concept of micro-teaching. It was a daunting experience as we had to deliver a ten minute lesson in the … Continue reading

January 22, 2018 · Leave a comment

Learning Strategies That Work

A great piece in the Guardian by Carl Hendrick that links principles to practise in the classroom. He also debunks some high workload / low impact elements present in many … Continue reading

December 13, 2017 · 2 Comments

Some Principles in Designing Learning Spaces – Rosen Bosch

When working on the Building Schools for the Future programme we always used to talk about learning spaces, even when teachers talked about classrooms. The standard classroom can be a … Continue reading

November 20, 2017 · Leave a comment

Neuroscience should be taught to all teachers to help pupils learn |

An interesting academic study, recorded in the TES, recounting the need to make teachers more aware of the science of learning so that they can help promote better learning methodologies … Continue reading

October 23, 2017 · Leave a comment

Building Schools for the Future in Finland

Building Schools for the Future was a British Labour government initiative to accelerate innovation and rebuild the learning as well as the building architecture of British schools. It was a … Continue reading

October 18, 2017 · Leave a comment

The Layout of Your Classroom Determines the Effectiveness of the Learning

To return to an earlier theme regarding the paucity of learning vision of many heads, this often manifests itself with regards to learning architecture and classroom furniture. Too often the … Continue reading

October 16, 2017 · Leave a comment

Flipping Your Classroom

Flipped classrooms reverse the usual function of the classroom as a learning space. Instead of the pace and direction of learning being teacher led, the learners begin to manage their … Continue reading

September 27, 2017 · Leave a comment

Montessori Secondary School: Teachers as Guides

The Montessori educational philosophy is well established at primary level as a child development focussed philosophy of letting children discover their own interests  and develop at a pace appropriate to the … Continue reading

June 28, 2017 · 1 Comment

Classroom Design and Learning Outcomes

  When I was involved in the Building Schools for the Future programme in England I was often disheartened at the engagement with Headteachers when their school had been selected … Continue reading

September 26, 2016 · Leave a comment

Digital Darwinism and Schooling

Another entry in the occasional series by Mal Lee and Roger Broadie on the future uses of ICT in Learning. Digital Darwinism, as the term connotes can lead to the … Continue reading

August 24, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Anatomy of Classroom Learning: Hands Up!

A thought-provoking article from Alfie Kohn on how teachers elicit responses from students in class… Should teachers call on students who haven’t indicated they want to talk and, in fact, have … Continue reading

March 9, 2016 · Leave a comment

Formative Assessment Tools

I’ve argued before for the adoption of ipsative assessment tools as the way forward in the Learning Renaissance, but perhaps, for those new to the blog, it is worth revisiting … Continue reading

January 18, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Six Cs Underpinning Effective 21st Century Learning

… and not one of them starts from prescribed curriculum content! Redefining learning as the development of attitudes, behaviours and competences allows for the development of a curriculum defined as skills … Continue reading

June 22, 2015 · Leave a comment

Projects and Purposeful Project-Based Learning

There is a common popular misconception that project-based learning lacks rigour and challenge. This is because there is misunderstanding of the methodology, assessment focus and engagement for learners engaged in … Continue reading

June 19, 2015 · Leave a comment

What Teachers Want from Educational Technology Tools | e-Learning Infographics

This infographic summarises the response of US teachers to the need to develop digital literacy. It provides some insights into implementation issues in your own schools.. It has been my … Continue reading

June 17, 2015 · Leave a comment

Project-Based Learning in Mathematics

Stumbled on this very useful Maths website and lo and behold, a key feature is the promotion of project-based learning… Source: 21st Century Skills | GAHS-Math

June 12, 2015 · Leave a comment

A Periodic Table of Digital Literacies

A periodic table of digital literacies compiled based on Dr Doug Belshaw’s work. A useful discussion point for CPD activities… Source: Another Mondor Blog | My First Attempt to Define … Continue reading

June 10, 2015 · Leave a comment

Learning Intelligence (LQ): A Working Definition from Kevin Hewitson

Returning to the theme of learning for the new millennium, I have been much taken by the work of Kevin Hewitson on the concept of Learning Intelligence (LQ). Kevin and … Continue reading

June 3, 2015 · 2 Comments

Ten Tips for Assessing Project-Based Learning | Edutopia

This classroom guide published by Edutopia is intended to inspire and expand your thinking about effective assessment for project-based learning. Click the image below to view or download the pdf. … Continue reading

May 27, 2015 · Leave a comment

Essentials for Project-Based Learning

This infographic for a project-based approach was originally posted by @davidleeedtech, and is based on an article by the Buck Institute (BIE), originally published in September 2010 issue of Educational Leadership magazine from ASCD. BIE … Continue reading

May 27, 2015 · Leave a comment

Understanding Digital Literacies – A Practical Introduction

Understanding Digital Literacies – A Practical Introduction, authored by Rodney H Jones and Christoph A Hafner, explores digital literacy and 21st century learning.   The distance between their thinking and … Continue reading

May 20, 2015 · Leave a comment

The History and Development of Experiential Learning

A major issue with current education in schools is that it is mostly theoretically based and does not impact on the lives of young people, often leaving them disillusioned and … Continue reading

May 11, 2015 · 2 Comments

What is Behind the Flipped Classroom?

There has been much talk of the concept of the ‘flipped classroom’ as a way forward in learning. What does this entail? At its simplest, the flipped classroom makes students … Continue reading

May 8, 2015 · 1 Comment

The Flipped Classroom Explained

An interesting infographic exploring the concept of the flipped classroom in which the traditional pedagogy is turned on its head and a more personalised learning experience is promoted… Source: Flipped … Continue reading

May 8, 2015 · 1 Comment

Assessment: What Is It Good For?

I’ve had no end of arguments about assessment with colleagues in the past and that is in part because we are often talking at cross purposes. Firstly, I think it … Continue reading

April 13, 2015 · Leave a comment

Collaborative Learning in Music – Get With The Team

Originally posted on Captivate Your Music Students 🙂:
Welcome to the first post for 2015.  In this post, I would like to examine and explore the reasons that we play music…

March 29, 2015 · Leave a comment