The Learning Renaissance

Are the Kids Alright? | Renegade Inc

A very illuminating debate of the current state of learning and education. Although it is UK-focussed, it will resonate with educators around the world.  Renegade is a new organisation to … Continue reading

February 23, 2018 · Leave a comment

Neuroscience in Education

This US report from The Tech Advocate outlines how neuroscience is beginning to impact on educational provision. Not before time in my opinion! The world of educational technology has a … Continue reading

February 21, 2018 · Leave a comment

The global learning crisis – and what to do about it

Amel Kaboul is a former Tunisian government minister, now working with The Education Commission. In this TEDTalk she presents some ways to break down the dichotomy between education and learning … Continue reading

February 9, 2018 · Leave a comment

How Smart is Your Phone? Integrating Technology into Learning

My friend Neil Bunting alerted me to this article which addresses the thorny issue of integrating technology into education and learning. It is often quoted that the modern smart phone … Continue reading

January 29, 2018 · Leave a comment

Tony Swainston on a Positive Mindset

My online friend Tony Swainston has some useful advice about Mindset for learners and teachers in his new book: Read more here, where you can download a 5 page extract from … Continue reading

January 24, 2018 · Leave a comment

How to Discipline Without Stress, Punishment, or Rewards | ThoughtCo

How can we discipline students, so we as teachers can do our jobs and teach these young children who refuse to learn? People are not changed by other people. People can … Continue reading

January 17, 2018 · Leave a comment

52 Character-Building Thoughts for Children

Really enjoyed reading these simple thoughts and then got to thinking about a school built around these pointers. What a wonderful school it would be! 52 Character Building Thoughts for … Continue reading

January 10, 2018 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: The Value of Encouragement

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December 19, 2017 · Leave a comment

The Neuroscience of Better Feedback

Too often in schools we get hung up on homework and marking. We judge things in volume and in grades. I’ve always thought their might be a better way to … Continue reading

December 18, 2017 · 2 Comments

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

Great Schools Worldwide – The Common Factors

Will Minton is a very lucky man. He was able to visit outstanding schools internationally to see what were the common features of their success.  This is what he found: Lessons Learned … Continue reading

November 29, 2017 · Leave a comment

Digital Citizenship – Resource Roundup | Edutopia

A fantastic round up of resources related to Digital Citizenship from our friends at Edutopia. This relates to the positive aspects of developing Digital Citizens in educational settings, as well … Continue reading

November 24, 2017 · Leave a comment

Emotions and Reflection: Changing People’s Minds

Having people, be they students or teachers, reflect on their thinking and be prepared to consider other perspectives is a difficult process. It may feel impossible when you consider the … Continue reading

November 22, 2017 · 1 Comment

UK Educational Think Tanks: Influence and Orientation

Educational policy is shaped by many factors. In the UK the professional teaching body yields seemingly little influence in the shaping of the educational debate and tends to be consulted … Continue reading

November 3, 2017 · Leave a comment

Organisation Culture and Performance Graphic

I’m often amazed when entering schools and other organisations as too how little they question themselves about core values which define their culture. Often they are too busy generating, managing … Continue reading

October 13, 2017 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: Leadership

October 12, 2017 · Leave a comment

The Psychology of Leadership: Mental Shifts

This is a useful and informative article from Benjamin P Hardy about mental shifts coming from a background of Emotional Intelligence. His starting point is an observation of the physicist … Continue reading

October 11, 2017 · Leave a comment

Conflict Resolution and Restorative Justice

When first appointed to the leadership team of an inner city school, I was struck by the abrasiveness of relationships and recourse to abuse and violence amongst the students. Too … Continue reading

October 9, 2017 · Leave a comment

TED Talks: Every Kid Needs a Champion | Rita Pierson

An inspirational TEDTalk by Rita Pierson on inspiring learners… Rita Pierson, a teacher for 40 years, once heard a colleague say, “They don’t pay me to like the kids.” Her … Continue reading

September 15, 2017 · Leave a comment

The Importance of Relationships in Learning

The quality of the relationships you have with students, and not your subject knowledge will determine the impact you can have on student learning argues Rebecca Alger. Read more: Relationships … Continue reading

September 13, 2017 · Leave a comment

The Nuances of Leadership

Leadership is often talked about in too abstract, or too concrete terms. This infographic is useful in exploring leadership in levels and looking at the nuanced relationship with the led… … Continue reading

September 8, 2017 · 1 Comment

Technology in Education – Digital Literacy and Cultural Illiteracy

Joe Nutt makes the parallel with the Emperor’s new clothes in his assessment of the impact on learning of technology in schools. As one who has been involved in the … Continue reading

September 6, 2017 · Leave a comment

Social and Emotional Learning for Adults

Elena Aguilar, Transformational Leadership Coach from Oakland, California, suggests lessons which can be taken up by an entire staff or by an individual and are intended to build emotional awareness, self-management, social … Continue reading

August 23, 2017 · Leave a comment

Transactional Analysis and Engendering Mutual Respect

Rita Pierson gives a masterclass here in a bad day in the class and how to use transactional analysis to generate a culture of better relationships built around success. I … Continue reading

August 18, 2017 · Leave a comment

Helping Students Develop Their Values… and Your School Ethos

Being proactive and asking students to record their own values is a useful exercise in developing a philosophical understanding of what motivates and impassions people. building an ethos based on … Continue reading

August 16, 2017 · 1 Comment

Dumbing Down the Profession… Headteachers in their Twenties!

One element of the transfer of accountability from local educational authorities to the Multi Academy Trusts has been the appointment of younger and younger heads. There is certainly a recruitment … Continue reading

August 14, 2017 · 1 Comment
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