The Learning Renaissance

The Characteristics of Inspiring Teachers

Download this infographic entitled Characteristics of Inspiring Teachers, here. The infographic comes from the publication Inspiring teachers: perspectives and practices, and the full report can be viewed on ResearchGate, the … Continue reading

September 23, 2022 · Leave a comment

Inspirational School-Based Rewards

Brian Mendler with a stroke of lateral thinking genius here: One of my fave ways to build culture is to reward everyone in honor of one. “Because Jenny had such … Continue reading

September 12, 2022 · Leave a comment

How Teachers Can Balance Friendliness With Firmness | Edutopia

By setting clear expectations for behaviour early on, teachers can have fun with their students without losing control of their classrooms. In my two decades plus of teaching middle school … Continue reading

September 7, 2022 · Leave a comment

For New Teachers, 6 Principles to Remember This School Year | Edutopia

It won’t be easy, but if you prepare for turbulence and set reasonable goals, you’ll stay calmer and make progress in all the right places. Filling papers with red ink … Continue reading

August 31, 2022 · Leave a comment

Classroom Management Tips for New Teachers, From a New Teacher | Edutopia

A first-year elementary teacher transformed her classroom with a focus on social and emotional learning… and a little help from Penny the Positivity Penguin. The entire vibe of the classroom … Continue reading

August 17, 2022 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: Connection over Compliance

August 4, 2022 · Leave a comment

How a Teacher Eliminated Tests For One Year | Edutopia

Removing summative assessments from instructional practice can make class more interesting, engaging, and stress-free for students. I figured that after a year of quarantining and hybrid learning, it might be … Continue reading

July 27, 2022 · Leave a comment

Testing 3, 2, 1: Michael Lawrence Calls Out Standardised Education Practice

Like myself, my colleague Michael Lawrence is very taken with the Finnish education system and the reflection and professional thought that has gone into its creation. The welfare and development … Continue reading

July 25, 2022 · Leave a comment

Huge Emotions and the Adolescent Brain | Edutopia

Teachers can use clips from the movie Turning Red to explore with students the ways adolescence changes the brain. Read more here: Huge Emotions and the Adolescent Brain | Edutopia

July 15, 2022 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: The Power of Positive Emotion

July 14, 2022 · Leave a comment

If you do one thing to end this school year successfully, watch this seminar.

It has been a long and difficult academic year bringing disruption and challenges which have, between them, thwarted the scope and pace of school development planning. End the year on … Continue reading

July 13, 2022 · Leave a comment

Do Dyslexia Fonts Actually Work? | Edutopia

Specialized fonts for students with dyslexia are gaining in popularity. But they’re based on a key misconception, experts warn. Find out more here: Do Dyslexia Fonts Actually Work? | Edutopia

July 13, 2022 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: Throwing Marshmallows

July 12, 2022 · Leave a comment

‘My spelling isn’t that great’: Michael Morpurgo on why teaching kids to love writing is more important than grammar | The Guardian

The author, poet and playwright on why we should move away from Michael Gove-mandated lessons on fronted adverbials and back to unleashing the creative potential of children. Read the article … Continue reading

July 11, 2022 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: Building Relationships

July 5, 2022 · Leave a comment

Critical Mass: Forces for Change in Education Worldwide

I have been much heartened over the previous months by conversations I have had with educators worldwide who are rejecting the premise of current educational models. Increasingly they are putting … Continue reading

July 4, 2022 · Leave a comment

How Music Primes Students for Learning | Edutopia

To reap the benefits of music on learning, kids need consistent and abundant musical practice, according to the latest cognitive research. What makes music learning so powerful is how it … Continue reading

June 29, 2022 · Leave a comment

Creating a Classroom That Is Student, not Teacher, Driven: An Excerpt from ‘Teach More, Hover Less’ | Edutopia

Teachers can take a step back and create lessons that put student explorations at the centre of learning. A classroom free of micromanagement is not driven by a task-oriented approach. … Continue reading

June 22, 2022 · Leave a comment

The International Teacher Recruitment and Retainment Crisis

There has always been a ‘churn’ rate in teachers in school… a rate at which teachers entered and left the profession, many after the first few years of teaching. When … Continue reading

June 20, 2022 · Leave a comment

Disruptive Teenage Learners

June 17, 2022 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: Michael Rosen Rejects Data-led Learning

You know your curriculum is in trouble when even poets are taking up pens against it… Here poet and author Michael Rosen deplores the direction of the reductionist school curriculum.  … Continue reading

June 14, 2022 · Leave a comment

A Curriculum for the Future…

What at first sight may appear to be a rather Utopian mission statement for a forward-looking school is in fact nothing of the kind. This is the pre-amble to the … Continue reading

June 13, 2022 · Leave a comment

I Did. You Can: The Phil Crompton Interviews

I was both flattered and inspired to be asked by my old friend, Phil Crompton to take part in his series of interviews with people he considered to be ‘movers … Continue reading

June 10, 2022 · Leave a comment

Empathy Is The Most Important Leadership Skill According To Research | Forbes #EmpathyDay

You always knew demonstrating empathy is positive for people, but new research demonstrates its importance for everything from innovation to retention. Leaders don’t have to be experts in mental health … Continue reading

June 9, 2022 · Leave a comment

Six Strategies for Building Empathy in the Classroom #EmpathyDay

Showing empathy can help teachers better understand and support students. Learn how you can incorporate this skill in your classroom. Source: Six Strategies for Building Empathy in the Classroom

June 9, 2022 · Leave a comment

The psychologist Carl Rogers and the art of active listening | Aeon #EmpathyDay

To listen well is not only a kindness to others but also, as the psychologist Carl Rogers made clear, a gift to ourselves. What Rogers learnt was that listening well … Continue reading

June 9, 2022 · Leave a comment

How Project-Based Learning Can Teach Empathy in School | Edutopia #EmpathyDay

When PBL is personal to students, it can provide more than just content knowledge – it can also foster important connections. All communities have unique histories that can enlighten and … Continue reading

June 9, 2022 · Leave a comment

Building the Curriculum of the Future: Can you help? An Appeal to Education Leaders Worldwide

Noting the general malaise in education reported in the Western world I’m keen to explore solutions. In the past, the standard response to widespread teacher dissatisfaction has been a pay … Continue reading

June 8, 2022 · Leave a comment

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