The Learning Renaissance

The Importance of Creativity in Learning

February 17, 2017 · Leave a comment

South African e-learning to reach excluded | BBC News

Digital learning is helping to meet the demand for better education in South Africa. Tablets, laptops and digital learning are increasingly being used to reach students with little or no … Continue reading

February 15, 2017 · Leave a comment

Learners Coping with Pain Through Emotional Self-Regulation

I’m often decrying Neuroscience for failing to translate research into workable applications to improve learning. This feature from Michael McKnight gives us a slight insight into what could be a … Continue reading

February 13, 2017 · Leave a comment

University applications fall with drop in nursing and EU students | BBC News

A drop in EU students and nursing candidates has driven the decline, figures show. Fees in England are rising again, and it is the first fall in UK applications since … Continue reading

February 7, 2017 · Leave a comment

Why Creativity?

Originally posted on ace-d:
Is creativity important, and specifically is it so in teaching and learning? My short answer,  “Yes”. I would argue that without creativity there is the danger…

February 2, 2017 · Leave a comment

Asperger’s Syndrome and the Sensory Funnel

This is a terrific schema for developing your students who have Asperger’s Syndrome. Read more about The Sensory Funnel here: Why you should never focus on teaching someone with Asperger’s social skills first … Continue reading

February 1, 2017 · Leave a comment

Support World Autism Week!

In all my years of teaching I never received any specific training in Autism Awareness. That means that I was unable to support those students in my classes who had … Continue reading

January 30, 2017 · 4 Comments

Schools cherry-picking pupils who apply mid-year, says report | BBC News

Vulnerable children can struggle to find a school place if they apply mid-year, with some schools “cherry-picking” pupils, according to the chief schools adjudicator for England. Some schools “unlawfully” interviewed … Continue reading

January 29, 2017 · Leave a comment

21st Century Schools | Maes Y Llan Community Primary School, Wrexham

A Forest School ethos informs the outdoor teaching at Maes Y Llan Community Primary School, Wrexham and the way the grounds have been developed reflect this. Forest School leaders from … Continue reading

January 16, 2017 · Leave a comment

Neuroplasticity and Learning Effectiveness

I found this article by Robert Montenegro particularly clear in outlining how practical learning strategies can be gleaned from research on neuroplasticity, and includes the detailed infographic below: Introduction to Neuroplasticity and … Continue reading

January 13, 2017 · Leave a comment

Principles of effective networking

Originally posted on tenpencemore:
Networking is about face to face meetings as well as online activity through Twitter, LinkedIn or other social networking tools. Here are some basic tips for…

January 9, 2017 · Leave a comment

Where Do Chemical Elements Come From?

A useful infographic illustrating the origins of the chemical elements. This should spark some great science-based enquiries…

January 6, 2017 · Leave a comment

Grammars ‘will not boost poorest pupils’ science grades’ | BBC News

Top scientists fear plans for more grammar schools in England will not help disadvantaged pupils. Read the full story on the BBC website: Grammars ‘will not boost poorest pupils’ science … Continue reading

January 3, 2017 · Leave a comment

Meet the kids who think for themselves | BBC News

  A new learning technique is driving results up in UK schools. Watch the video on the BBC website: Meet the kids who think for themselves | BBC News

December 23, 2016 · Leave a comment

Building Sentences – A Structured Approach

Having students understand the impact of their words is fundamental to enabling them to become great communicators. By deconstructing the task you can rebuild powerful sentences that achieve their purpose. … Continue reading

December 23, 2016 · 1 Comment

London school’s towering performance in Pisa tests | BBC News

A school in north London could be among the best in the world after scoring better in international rankings than even top performers like Singapore. The international Pisa education rankings, … Continue reading

December 22, 2016 · Leave a comment

Needs-Based Learning, by John D’Souza

John D’Souza certainly seems to have struck a chord with his series of provocative articles on the potential of different approaches to learning: Needs-Based Learning

December 19, 2016 · 1 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

Data-Based Learning

Another in the series by John D’Souza on the components of twenty first century learning… Data based decision making or data-driven decision making refers to educator’s on-going process of collecting … Continue reading

December 14, 2016 · Leave a comment

Cooperative Schools: A Way Ahead?

  In England, the Tory government has, for the last six years, been pursuing a policy of the privatisation of education through its Academies programme. This took a policy of … Continue reading

December 12, 2016 · 1 Comment

Pen Pals 2.0: Can Technology Foster Global Tolerance? | Edutopia

digit Schools all over the world are using digital tools to help students collaborate and build cultural understanding with distant peers. “That’s my friend!” students from Lee’s classroom whispered excitedly, … Continue reading

December 7, 2016 · 1 Comment

The Politicians Who Made Thinking Redundant: Evidence-Based Decision-Making for Students

As a teacher of History, I spent a considerable part of my time in the classroom helping students to develop critical thinking skills which explored evidence to come to reasoned … Continue reading

December 5, 2016 · Leave a comment

National Teaching Service dropped, government confirms | BBC News

A scheme to recruit top teachers to work in deprived areas has been dropped, the government confirms. The National Teaching Service was announced by England’s then Education Secretary, Nicky Morgan, … Continue reading

December 3, 2016 · 1 Comment

School Heads Share Concerns in England

Despite the fragmentation of the education estate in England which has been caused by government privatisation policies designed to turn all schools run by local authorities into Academies, Headteachers are … Continue reading

November 30, 2016 · Leave a comment

Why Learning Intelligence? By Kevin Hewitson | The Staffroom

“To see what is in front of one’s nose needs a constant struggle”    George Orwell Sometimes the obvious is on our doorstep, often ignored and rarely noticed.  So it … Continue reading

November 28, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Mechanics of Change Leadership in Schools

Promoting development in schools is fraught with challenges and leaders need to have a clear strategy to include all players and understand their perception of change. This infographic from Garry … Continue reading

November 25, 2016 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: Learn New Things

November 24, 2016 · Leave a comment