The Learning Renaissance

Theory of Knowledge: November Newsletter

For those serious about effective learning, the Theory of Knowledge newsletter is required reading. In the November issue they consider views of history – does the teaching of history reflect … Continue reading

December 10, 2017 · Leave a comment

Careers of Passion

An interesting article validating research that most teachers could confirm from their own experience… that passion is as important as subject knowledge in supporting young people in developing excellent careers. … Continue reading

December 6, 2017 · 1 Comment

Thought For The Day: Play and Development

December 5, 2017 · Leave a comment

Play: The Essence of Learning

I’m focussing on the theme of play at the moment as it seems to be at the heart of all effective learning systems. It is highly significant that the best … Continue reading

December 4, 2017 · Leave a comment

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

LQ and a Learning Mindset

Originally posted on ace-d:
Part 1 Our beliefs, values and experience amongst other things impact how successful we are when we undertake tasks. How we behave when involved in activities…

November 18, 2017 · Leave a comment

Teaching to the Test – the Bane of Learning

This is a Telegraph article about the debilitating effect that ‘teaching to the test’ has on learning and learners. Extending GCSEs to a three year course merely swallows up more … Continue reading

November 15, 2017 · Leave a comment

Compassion as a Classroom Tool: an article by Andrea Marshbank

If the first year of teaching leads you to a single conclusion, it should be this… that being fair is more important than being right. Too many new entrants to … Continue reading

November 13, 2017 · Leave a comment

Close Reading – Read Like a Detective

WeAreTeachers have created two posters – one for teachers and one for students – that explain close reading in more detail. Source: Understanding Close Reading: Download our Infographic Now! | … Continue reading

November 10, 2017 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: John Dewey

Let’s hear it for the librarians and archivists… they also serve who classify and catalogue to make sense of the world!

November 9, 2017 · Leave a comment

A Skill Strong Readers Share | Edutopia

Metacognition helps readers analyze texts as they read, and it’s a skill you can teach your students. Read all about it here: A Skill Strong Readers Share | Edutopia

November 8, 2017 · Leave a comment

Why Kids Can’t Write | NYTimes.com

Some say English instruction must get back to basics, with a focus on grammar. But won’t that stifle a student’s personal voice? Source: Why Kids Can’t Write | NYTimes.com

November 8, 2017 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: Storytime

November 7, 2017 · Leave a 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

The Relevance and Impact of Homework on Learning and Pupil Progress

The relevance and impact of homework on learning and pupil progress continues to be a source of controversy amongst pupils, parents, senior leaders and governors. Andrew Jones reports that the … Continue reading

November 1, 2017 · 1 Comment

Thought For The Day: Animals and Us

October 31, 2017 · Leave a comment

University admissions: The art of the personal statement | BBC

The half-term holiday is almost over and, for many students in their final year of school, university applications are high on the agenda. So, you’ve chosen your preferred courses and … Continue reading

October 30, 2017 · Leave a comment

Some Innovative Ideas on Assessment from ImpactWales

Involving students more in the assessment of their own work helps them understand their targets and their personal progression. As they transition from school to work, being able to be … Continue reading

October 27, 2017 · Leave a comment

Why Don’t We Differentiate Professional Development? | Edutopia

PD could be more effective if we differentiated it by gauging teachers’ readiness, utilizing their interests, involving them in the process, and providing continual assessment opportunities. Read the full article … Continue reading

October 25, 2017 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: The Price of Educational Reform

October 24, 2017 · Leave a comment

Neuroscience should be taught to all teachers to help pupils learn | TES.com

An interesting academic study, recorded in the TES, recounting the need to make teachers more aware of the science of learning so that they can help promote better learning methodologies … Continue reading

October 23, 2017 · Leave a comment

Wales school cash reserves drop ‘should ring alarm bells’ | BBC News

Cash reserves held by schools in Wales have dropped by 28% since last year which “should ring alarm bells”, a teaching union has warned. A new report showed schools have total reserves … Continue reading

October 22, 2017 · Leave a comment

The Teacher: Are they the only redeeming feature of the educational environment in our schools? | Ac-Ed

Originally posted on ace-d:
It is fair to say not all learners thrive in the educational environment of the school. Do we though, instead of investigating and remedying this situation,…

October 21, 2017 · Leave a comment

Building Schools for the Future in Finland

Building Schools for the Future was a British Labour government initiative to accelerate innovation and rebuild the learning as well as the building architecture of British schools. It was a … Continue reading

October 18, 2017 · Leave a comment