The Learning Renaissance

Energy and Calm: Brain Breaks and Focused-Attention Practices | Edutopia

When presented with new material, standards, and complicated topics, we need to be focused and calm as we approach our assignments. We can use brain breaks and focused-attention practices to … Continue reading

November 7, 2018 · Leave a comment

Christopher Emdin: Teach teachers how to create magic | YouTube

October 26, 2018 · Leave a comment

The Direction of Travel in Educational Technology…

This article outlines the top ten trends in educational technology development. Some perennials remain in the list like Personalisation and Gamification, whilst others make the list by dint of new … Continue reading

September 17, 2018 · Leave a comment

Engagement Strategies from teachertrap.com

For those days when your batteries are low and you need to come up with some new learning strategies…

September 14, 2018 · Leave a comment

The Power of Positivity with Children

Another post to start the new academic year on a positive note. I like the spirit, if not the content of some of these comments. Looks a little like someone … Continue reading

September 7, 2018 · Leave a comment

Important Advice for the New Academic Year

September 6, 2018 · Leave a comment

What makes a ‘toxic’ environment? Part 3 | Ac-Ed

Originally posted on ace-d:
This is part 3 of exploring and dealing with a toxic learning environment where we look at teacher retention.  Part two is here I have mentioned that…

September 2, 2018 · Leave a comment

The Power of Positive Language

As the new academic year beckons, some thoughts on the language you use with students and the responses it elicits… Much of the response you generate from learners will be … Continue reading

August 31, 2018 · 1 Comment

Making a drama out of a TB crisis | BBC News

In National Capital District, one of the worst affected areas in Port Moresby, 62-year-old Rodney Kove is using drama to teach children about TB. Having studied dance and theatre at … Continue reading

August 19, 2018 · Leave a comment

Why Restorative Practices Benefit All Students | Edutopia

Punitive discipline can be harmful and unfair—restorative practices offer hopeful solutions. Did you know that a significant percentage of the achievement gap between students of color and white students is … Continue reading

August 15, 2018 · Leave a comment

Helping Students With ADHD Concentrate

If you have had students with ADHD in your class, you will appreciate the difficulties in getting them to focus and apply themselves to a task in hand. For some … Continue reading

August 13, 2018 · Leave a comment

What makes a ‘toxic’ environment? Part 2 | Ac-Ed

Originally posted on ace-d:
This is part 2 of exploring and dealing with a toxic learning environment. Part one is here It is easier to run away than stay and…

August 11, 2018 · Leave a comment

What makes a ‘toxic’ environment? Part 1 | Ac-Ed

Originally posted on ace-d:
I have written this article to address the debate around teachers leaving teaching and the stress levels of pupils presently being experienced and reported. It is…

August 11, 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

Recognising what motivates your team members is the key to successful learning projects

Until you can recognise what motivates the individuals in your team, you will never be able to reach their maximum performance and work in independent, autonomous and sustainable ways. This … Continue reading

August 3, 2018 · Leave a comment

How Books and Television Affect Your Brain Differently, According to Science

There’s a perception that books are good, while TV is bad. Spend a day curled up with a book and you’re an intellectual, but spend a day watching your favorite … Continue reading

July 18, 2018 · Leave a comment

A Case for Finger Counting | Edutopia

A study published in Frontiers in Education suggests that this may be a mistake because finger counting seems to boost math learning when paired with number games. Read the full … Continue reading

July 11, 2018 · Leave a comment

25 Attention-Getters to Calm A Noisy Classroom | Education to the Core

As teachers, we know the value of having good attention getters to quiet noisy classrooms. I have always wanted a comprehensive list of all of the best attention getters in … Continue reading

July 4, 2018 · Leave a comment

10 Things to Stop Saying to Your Kids (and What to Say Instead)

Current research shows that some of the most commonly used and seemingly positive phrases we use with kids are actually quite destructive. Despite our good intentions, these statements teach children … Continue reading

June 27, 2018 · Leave a comment

Destination Dystopia…

In 2001 I was involved in taking young graduate engineers from Marconi, into Nottinghamshire schools as part of the SETNET programme for developing Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics into schools. … Continue reading

June 11, 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

Lesson Planning 101 | Ac-Ed

Originally posted on ace-d:
? It may appear simple to say that there has to be a beginning, middle and end but is important that we do not miss any…

April 29, 2018 · Leave a comment

Narrow vocabulary hits pupils grades | BBC News

Research suggests four out of 10 pupils in their first year of secondary have limited vocabulary. Monosyllabic adolescents may be nothing new, but the latest research suggests a big chunk … Continue reading

April 22, 2018 · 1 Comment

Potential Signs of a Sensory Processing Disorder in Learners

This goes under the heading  of looking for patterns in behaviours…

April 20, 2018 · Leave a comment

Teachers And Those Magical OK Go Videos: A Match Made In Science? | NPR

If you’re a rock band, and thousands of teachers and students are using your hugely popular music videos in the classroom, why not help them out? Sure, OK Go is … Continue reading

April 13, 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 Timeless Wisdom of Sitting in Rows | teacherhead

Thanks to Ian Yorston for bringing this article to my attention… Some of the strangest debates or memes about education that pop up now and then are about the idea … Continue reading

March 14, 2018 · Leave a comment
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