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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

Future Proof Your School 1: Why School INSET persistently fails to raise teaching and learning standards

I would preface my remarks here by saying that the basis for my observations in this article come from practice in the UK. However, conversations with colleagues in Australia, Canada … Continue reading

January 22, 2019 · 2 Comments

Engaging with E-learning

Too often in education, Information Technology has been sold on its features. These may be very enticing all-singing, all dancing Technicolor elements, but at no point does it demonstrate achievable … Continue reading

January 16, 2019 · Leave a comment

An Open Invitation from the Learning Renaissance to Join Our International Reflective Learning Community Resource

If you represent a school or other learning establishment, you are very welcome to include a link to the Learning Renaissance on your online Continuing Professional Development (CPD) library. There … Continue reading

January 7, 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

A History of 50 years of Educational Technology by Tony Parkin

I always enjoy Tony Parkin’s posts, which are informative and provocative. I particularly enjoyed this saunter down the educational technologies of the last fifty years, which corresponds to my experiences … Continue reading

November 26, 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

Collaboration: The Future of Learning

The future of learning will be less about information transmission from teacher to student (pedagogy) and more about the student determining the how, the where and the when of learning … Continue reading

October 15, 2018 · Leave a comment

Solutions to the CPD Issue

The problem with Continuous Professional Development is often that it is not continuous, isn’t professional and doesn’t address valid developmental issues. This prompt sheet gives some ideas as to how … Continue reading

October 12, 2018 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: Future Learning

October 9, 2018 · Leave a comment

Educational False Starts and Heutagogy

I am as prone as the next teacher to exploring new approaches to learning, but it could be said that teachers are naïve suckers for an all-encompassing solution to learning. … Continue reading

September 12, 2018 · Leave a comment

Marking… Making a Fresh Start

Marking, done well and in an ipsative way can enhance the quality and pace of learning. Done badly it helps nobody and eats up teacher time outside the classroom. The … Continue reading

September 7, 2018 · Leave a comment

The Limitations of Screen-based Learning

An interesting philosophical article pleading for more experiential learning which engages all of the senses rather than the replacement of class-based learning with a screen-based experience. Thank you Graham Brown-Martin … Continue reading

September 5, 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

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

Metacognition in Context: How Learners Put Themselves in the Learning

Two students do not approach the same problem from the same direction. Their approach is determined by their metacognitive sense of identity as a learner. To be effective their learning … Continue reading

May 14, 2018 · Leave a comment

An Overview of a 21st Century Curriculum

Andrew Churches published this overview a few years back on edorigami.wikispaces.com and it stands today as a model for 21st century learning.  We first shared it on this blog back … Continue reading

April 23, 2018 · Leave a comment

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

The Education System: Crusher of Childhood Genius!

What many of us have suspected about the standardised, managerial industrial model of education has been confirmed by a longitudinal NASA study on creativity in children. Effectively the demand for … Continue reading

April 4, 2018 · 1 Comment

Thought For The Day: Future Teaching Requirements

March 29, 2018 · Leave a comment

How Finnish Education Flourishes…

Just in, how to create the best and most successful education system on the planet!  Not forgetting that it is all about culture… Finnish Education – the Secret Sauce by Pirjo Suonen … Continue reading

March 28, 2018 · Leave a comment
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