The Learning Renaissance

Emotions and Reflection: Changing People’s Minds

Having people, be they students or teachers, reflect on their thinking and be prepared to consider other perspectives is a difficult process. It may feel impossible when you consider the … Continue reading

November 22, 2017 · 1 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

Empowering Learning Through Experience

The search for new curriculum approaches, should in many cases, be promoted as part of a desire to ensure that the curriculum offered in schools is not ossified in granules … Continue reading

October 4, 2017 · Leave a comment

Every Child Needs a Mentor (ECNAM)

Mentoring provides a different paradigm for learning that stresses partnership and empowerment for the student in the relationship with the teacher/mentor.  Mentor Herman Stewart posted this case study from his … Continue reading

July 17, 2017 · Leave a comment

7 Rules of Proactive Leadership | Tomas Kucera | LinkedIn

Although purposed for a wider business environment, I found this outline of proactive leadership quite compelling for an educational setting… Crisis. Panic. Urgency. These are some of the words with … Continue reading

June 12, 2017 · Leave a comment

Mentoring, Observations and the Reflective School

This article by Deborah McVey rang some important bells for me on what we aim to achieve through lesson observation and the attitudes and behaviours we need to take into … Continue reading

May 29, 2017 · Leave a comment

Some thoughtful career advice from Bill Gates…

Bill Gates gives advice to new graduates on the future of working and the sunrise industries… Congratulations! You’ve just accomplished something I never managed to do—earn a college degree. Between … Continue reading

May 16, 2017 · Leave a comment

The Politics of Entitlement Which Wastes Talent

I’ve had the experience of working with schools internationally which are fee paying and state supported. The common perception is that the ‘top’ schools provide an exceptional and high grade … Continue reading

May 15, 2017 · Leave a comment

The Looming Crisis in the English Schools System

An equitable funding formula is critical to a well performing school system. Without it, money tends to be attracted to the large leafy suburban schools, purely on the basis of … Continue reading

April 17, 2017 · Leave a comment

Skills for Employment in the 21st Century…

  Although I don’t take the utilitarian approach that schools are simply there to equip students for a life of work, there is some merit in looking at the demands … Continue reading

April 14, 2017 · Leave a comment

Digital Engagement for All

Mal Lee and Roger Broadie outline how to engage all learners with digital technology. The digital and the socially networked is not going to be the answer for all, and … Continue reading

March 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

Online Courses for Creative, Technology, Business Skills | LinkedIn Learning

LinkedIn has a useful compendium of learning design teaching and development resources to enable educators to keep up in course/learning design. You can access the full range of courses here: … Continue reading

February 10, 2017 · Leave a comment

A Diagram of 21st Century Pedagogy | John Zermani | LinkedIn

Context matters, and the diagram from edorigami captures this, though not from the perspective of the student and content knowledge, but the teacher and various pedagogical components themselves, including Higher-Order … Continue reading

January 11, 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

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

Brain Plasticity – The Brain’s Ability to Change and Grow Over Time, by Andrej Dethlefsen

Nineteenth century phrenologists thought that each function of the brain was discrete and operated like a filing cabinet to contain information about subjects. We now know that the brain functions … Continue reading

November 23, 2016 · Leave a comment

Educational Leadership 101

  We have linked to the talks given by TED many times. As examples of the use of media to deliver profound messages in a simple format there are few … Continue reading

August 31, 2016 · Leave a comment

Digital Darwinism and Schooling

Another entry in the occasional series by Mal Lee and Roger Broadie on the future uses of ICT in Learning. Digital Darwinism, as the term connotes can lead to the … Continue reading

August 24, 2016 · Leave a comment

PQP – An Insight into Quality Feedback

John D’Souza is establishing a reputation for sound thinking on systematic learning strategies. Here are his thoughts on quality developmental feedback for students… Click for the post on LinkedIn Pulse: PQP: … Continue reading

May 25, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Anatomy of Brain-Based Learning

John D’Souza mines a rich seam of thinking in this article on Brain-Based Learning… This article has been reproduced in full from its original posting on LinkedIn: Brain-Based Learning 2: … Continue reading

May 23, 2016 · Leave a comment

Preparing Learners for the Future…

  The unprecedented rate of technological change causes real problems for the school curriculum. The school curriculum, is, by its very nature, conservative as it carries all the government’s and … Continue reading

May 18, 2016 · Leave a comment

Disruptive Education 2.0 | Kritika Joon | LinkedIn

The world is rapidly evolving. Technology is disrupting the education industry at a rapid scale and changing the way we educate ourselves. Students in today’s world must not only possess … Continue reading

May 16, 2016 · 2 Comments

TLLM: Teach Less. Learn More.

A great article by John Dsouza on an innovative learning model. Significantly he explores why such a model is incompatible with the marketisation of learning approach in which there are … Continue reading

April 27, 2016 · Leave a comment

Leadership and the Arts – the Counterpoint to STEM

A short and informative article by John Zermani promoting the role of Arts in the development of leadership: An artful leader must know how to lead people creatively. Since all … Continue reading

April 25, 2016 · Leave a comment

Accounting for the Gender Performance Gap in Schools

John D’Souza’s article accounts for performance differences between girls and boys in schools. The key question is what do we do in the culture of our schools to address this issue? … Continue reading

April 18, 2016 · Leave a comment

Digital Darwinism and Schooling

An interesting rejoinder from Mal Lee and Roger Broadie… In 2016 only a handful of schools globally have normalised the whole school use of the digital, trusted all its members … Continue reading

April 13, 2016 · Leave a comment

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