The Learning Renaissance

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

Graham Brown Martin: Education Technology and the Future

As always, some thoughtful words of wisdom from Graham Brown Martin

January 19, 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

Theory of Knowledge: November Newsletter

For those serious about effective learning, the Theory of Knowledge newsletter is required reading. In the November issue they consider views of history – does the teaching of history reflect … Continue reading

December 10, 2017 · Leave a comment

Play: The Essence of Learning

I’m focussing on the theme of play at the moment as it seems to be at the heart of all effective learning systems. It is highly significant that the best … Continue reading

December 4, 2017 · Leave a comment

The Learning Deeps – David Hargreaves and Redesigning Schools

Professor David Hargreaves at Cambridge University attempted to reset the discussion of learning using new and more elaborate paradigms than were in general use. His terminology gradually became defined as … Continue reading

December 1, 2017 · Leave a comment

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

Some Innovative Ideas on Assessment from ImpactWales

Involving students more in the assessment of their own work helps them understand their targets and their personal progression. As they transition from school to work, being able to be … Continue reading

October 27, 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

Empowering Learning Through Experience

The search for new curriculum approaches, should in many cases, be promoted as part of a desire to ensure that the curriculum offered in schools is not ossified in granules … Continue reading

October 4, 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

Getting Students Writing

An excellent report from John MacCarthy on igniting the passions of students through creative writing assignments… A teacher taught a lesson on telling a Six-Word Story. There are websites that … Continue reading

August 30, 2017 · Leave a comment

Learning Styles Myth Debunked

Over a decade ago the idea that students exhibited learning styles was gaining ground. The underlying assumption was that students had a preferred learning style with might involve receiving written … Continue reading

July 24, 2017 · 2 Comments

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

8 Things to Look for in Today’s Classroom | George Couros

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February 24, 2017 · Leave a comment

The Fundamental Benefits of Enquiry-based Learning

January 27, 2017 · 1 Comment

A Diagram of 21st Century Pedagogy | John Zermani | LinkedIn

Context matters, and the diagram from edorigami captures this, though not from the perspective of the student and content knowledge, but the teacher and various pedagogical components themselves, including Higher-Order … Continue reading

January 11, 2017 · Leave a comment

Blended Learning Explained

This infographic explains what Blended Learning is, and gives pointers as to how it can be incorporated into the diet of school-based learners… Source: An Interesting Visual Featuring Blended Learning … Continue reading

December 16, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Power of “I Don’t Know”

  A major shortcoming of the vision of the teacher as subject expert in a system of knowledge transmission is the expectation that the teacher will always know the answer … Continue reading

September 23, 2016 · 1 Comment

The Argument for Metacognition

Those who advocate a more prominent role for metacognition in schools do so in the belief that being more explicit about the how of learning pays dividends as students are … Continue reading

September 2, 2016 · 1 Comment

Intros and Outros for the Classroom

Setting the tone and expectation for learning in the classroom will determine the success that students experience in the lesson. Such techniques establish routines and expectations for learning. Rebecca Alber outlines … Continue reading

August 22, 2016 · Leave a comment

Schools Reinvented, or Rather Learning Reinvented

An interesting presentation from School House about reinventing schools for the 21st century. Amazing how often people say “changing schools” when what they really mean is “changing learning”…

August 12, 2016 · Leave a comment

Future Skills from the World Economic Forum

The World Economic Forum should know something about the skills needed to power the global economy of the future. This presentation outlines what they consider to be the top ten … Continue reading

July 15, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Paradox of Learning Over Knowing, by Heather McGowan

An interesting article from Heather McGowan which explores the tension between an educational system focussed on knowing and that based on learning. In many respects this is the parallel argument … Continue reading

March 7, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Purpose of School

A very simple infographic via Dylan Wiliam explaining the importance of an education based on attitudes, behaviours and competences rather than simply content-based learning… Source: Visual Thinkery – Bryan Mathers

February 5, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Educators – What Finland Did Next | BBC Radio 4

An interesting perspective on the direction and momentum of Finnish education. Since the first international comparisons in 2000, Finland has been at or near the top of league tables for … Continue reading

December 2, 2015 · Leave a comment

History Teaching Reformed – The Use of Technology to Deepen the Learning Experience

When I think of my time teaching History I could scarcely imagine the changes that have occurred in the last two decades. To have said to me in 1990 that … Continue reading

November 2, 2015 · Leave a comment

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