The Learning Renaissance

3 Ways to Help Students Learn From Their Tests | Edutopia

Participating in a review exercise right after a test is an effective way for students to strengthen their metacognitive skills. Encourage students to do a brain dump right after a … Continue reading

February 8, 2023 · Leave a comment

Follow the Science!

Michael Lawrence has become a regular correspondent. His field of expertise is Finnish education and how it can be applied to other contexts, in his case in his native Australia. … Continue reading

February 6, 2023 · Leave a comment

Boss or Leader?

I have experienced wonderful and appalling leaders in my time in education and this infographic just about sums up the differences between the best and the worst. It might be … Continue reading

February 3, 2023 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: What Unites Us

(this quote is commonly mis-attributed to Nelson Mandela. See this Tweet and Reuters Fact-check for accurate attribution.)

February 2, 2023 · Leave a comment

Towards a Holistic View of 21st Century Learning

I suppose the Venn diagram illustrated above represents Nirvana for teachers and wider educators looking to develop a paradigm, and practical implementation strategy for 21st-century learners. Unfortunately, with the exception … Continue reading

January 30, 2023 · Leave a comment

What Did You Learn at School Today? Was it Useful or Relevant?

Discuss.   View this post on Instagram A post shared by Josh (@josh__kuo)

January 27, 2023 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: Culture and Learning

Simon has clearly worked in similar schools to me to have had this insight!

January 26, 2023 · Leave a comment

Incorporating Simple, Student-Designed Assessments in School | Edutopia

Many thanks to Lindsay Mitchell for this useful Edutopia article on making learners more involved in their own assessment. The move from testing as something ‘done to’ students to a … Continue reading

January 25, 2023 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: The Best Place to Learn

Originally shared HERE on Twitter.

January 24, 2023 · Leave a comment

Why Finland?

I am certainly not alone in my veneration of Finnish teachers. I was going to say the Finnish Education System there, but that is not the full picture. It is … Continue reading

January 23, 2023 · Leave a comment

The Antidote to Managerialism and KPIs

Originally posted here.

January 20, 2023 · Leave a comment

Future Proof Your School finds a Global Audience…

I must admit that when Julia and Di at Critical Publishing suggested the title of  ‘Future Proof Your School‘ for my book of strategies and approaches to encourage school improvement … Continue reading

January 16, 2023 · Leave a comment

New Year: Intensified Message for Change

It has been heartening in the almost ten years that the Learning Renaissance has been running, to find that what once sounded like a lone voice advocating change has now … Continue reading

January 16, 2023 · Leave a comment

The Power of Writing and Creative Expression

Thanks to Stephen Bartlett for sharing this infographic from @milanicreative.  I smiled when I saw it, as it reminded me of a point I always used to make when supporting … Continue reading

January 13, 2023 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: The Importance of Environment on the Flourishing Learner

I am indebted to Jonny Katz for sharing this on LinkedIn and to Alexander Den Heijer for the original quote.  Conformity to an essentially industrial quality control model crushes the … Continue reading

January 12, 2023 · Leave a comment

3 Ways to Help Students Learn From Their Tests | Edutopia

Thanks to Sarah Kesty for this timely reminder from Edutopia about maximising the value of a test for student learning. Too often tests are seen simply as a pedagogical device … Continue reading

January 11, 2023 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: Protecting Childhood From Education

Not surprisingly, those countries which have undertaken thorough reviews of the requirements of 21st-century education have all come to the conclusion that informal education before school age is critical in … Continue reading

January 10, 2023 · Leave a comment

A Framework for Fostering Rigour in Project-Based Learning (PBL): Hexagonal Thinking

The move away from a content-led curriculum and towards more project-based learning characterises the determination to give pupils more agency, control, independence and autonomy in their learning. However, there is … Continue reading

January 9, 2023 · Leave a comment

New Year, New Habits: 5 Tips for Great Teaching | Resilient Educator

The middle of the school year is a perfect time to take stock of your goals and accomplishments while correcting any bad habits students may have developed. Read the article … Continue reading

January 4, 2023 · Leave a comment

The 10 Most Significant Education Studies of 2022 | Edutopia

Edutopia have pored over hundreds of educational studies and pulled out the most impactful… from a new study on the sneaky power of sketchnotes, to research that linked relationships and … Continue reading

December 19, 2022 · Leave a comment

Co-teaching With Myself: Using Your Own Videos in Blending Learning | Edutopia

Creating his own instructional videos allowed one teacher to be in two places at once in his classroom. My student-musicians and I got to know each other much better in … Continue reading

December 14, 2022 · Leave a comment

How We Learn and Why Classrooms of 30 Pupils Make it Difficult

I am indebted to and Charles Jennings for this helpful infographic. Nothing controversial here you may think, but then consider the standard organisation of learning in schools: classes of … Continue reading

December 9, 2022 · Leave a comment

Using Hand Signals for More Equitable Discussions | Edutopia

Whether your class discussions are online or off, hand signals enable students to engage in multiple ways. Because hand signals allow students to engage both verbally and nonverbally, conversations that … Continue reading

December 7, 2022 · Leave a comment

What To Do When Students Won’t STOP Talking | Thom Gibson

December 2, 2022 · Leave a comment

4 Ways Classroom Design Impacts Executive Functioning | Edutopia

Effective classroom design can help elementary students develop skills like organization and task initiation. Good classroom design supports working memory by limiting teacher language and verbal directions. When the design … Continue reading

November 30, 2022 · Leave a comment

11 Books Teachers Can Use to Encourage Creative Young Artists | Edutopia

These stories about artists and illustrators known for their inventive use of materials encourage creativity in young learners. …schools that embrace initiatives such as STEAM will find an invaluable resource … Continue reading

November 25, 2022 · Leave a comment

25 Essential High School Reads From the Last Decade | Edutopia

Edutopia asked members of the education community to share recently published novels they would love to have read in high school. These are the top picks: 25 Essential High School … Continue reading

November 25, 2022 · Leave a comment

How to Build an Engaging Classroom Library | Edutopia

Teachers can provide meaningful texts for their students that reflect their interests and facilitate deep connections to what they’re reading. …thinking of classic literature, the ways in which characters who … Continue reading

November 23, 2022 · Leave a comment

How to Work Literacy Instruction Into All Content Areas | Edutopia

Math, history, science, and even art teachers often find themselves trying to work literacy instruction into their classrooms. After all, the ability to read, synthesize, and explain concepts and ideas … Continue reading

November 21, 2022 · Leave a comment