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June 17, 2022 · Leave a comment

Interoceptive Input and Sensory Processing Disorder

This issue is beyond my expertise and experience, but I include it to show how our growing understanding of the science and neuroscience of life and learning has the ability … Continue reading

May 27, 2022 · Leave a comment

Some Vital Neuroscientific Information For the Classroom

Here’s a thought… in planning learning, what if the structure of the lesson was based not on Into, Body, Plenary or some such structure, and instead aimed to achieve that … Continue reading

May 13, 2022 · Leave a comment

Some Key Developmental Factors in Adolescent Learners… Ignore Them At Your Peril!

Teenagers can be annoying, can’t they just! Daydreaming, emotionally charged, refusing to sit still and just listen…  the list is endless, as any teacher will tell you. However, if you … Continue reading

May 6, 2022 · Leave a comment

Neurodiversity and Stimming

I must admit that the term that the term ‘stimming’ was a new one to me, although once it was laid out in this graphic I recognised the typical behaviours … Continue reading

April 22, 2022 · Leave a comment

Toxic Positivity… Don’t Be That Person!

Whilst we at the Learning Renaissance generally maintain a positive attitude to the direction of education, and life in general, we sometimes despair of glib and manufactured positivity. Personally, I … Continue reading

February 5, 2021 · 1 Comment

New Directions in Learning

I am indebted to Michael McKnight for sharing this diagram which sets some clear directions for resetting learning and education for the 21st century. Discuss… Further reading: Neuroscience and Education: … Continue reading

January 29, 2021 · Leave a comment

The Value of Play Before Formal Education Starts

One of the great joys of being involved in the future of learning is that you come across a large number of well-informed and passionate people who are in possession … Continue reading

August 17, 2020 · 1 Comment

Saga Briggs on Deeper Learning

As part of the perpetual challenge to improve the quality of learning, there is an increasing interface between educational research and metacognition to explore what has been termed the DEEPS … Continue reading

July 8, 2020 · Leave a comment

The Neuroscience Behind Productive Struggle | Edutopia

Challenging tasks spur the production of myelin, a substance that increases the strength of brain signals. We sometimes treat learning like a switch that is turned on or off—either students … Continue reading

May 6, 2020 · Leave a comment

Why do we remember things differently? | BBC Bitesize

Ever disagreed with a friend about a childhood memory? Maybe you couldn’t agree on what happened in a film you saw, how it ended, or even the cinema where you … Continue reading

April 1, 2020 · Leave a comment

A Neuroscience Game-Changer: Connectivity Issues and Learning Difficulties

  I’ve spoken before about the disconnect between neuroscience research, with its complexity and nuance, and practical guidance for educators. A new report on the source of learning difficulties has … Continue reading

March 11, 2020 · Leave a comment

A Template for Neurodiversity

Professor Amanda Kirby again makes the complex understandable in her chart of the common neuro-diverse conditions and how they impinge on each other. I consider reflection on this chart would … Continue reading

February 14, 2020 · Leave a comment

Learning Technologies and How to Develop and Deploy Them: Changing the Paradigm

I generally take a sceptical view of educational technology because the implementers tend to want to shoe-horn in new technologies without going to the trouble of the professional development required … Continue reading

January 24, 2020 · Leave a comment

Labelling Learners: The Effects, Intended and Unintended

I am again indebted to Professor Amanda Kirby and Dr Mary Cleaton of Do-It Solutions for this really clear exposition of the pros and cons of labelling in the field … Continue reading

November 27, 2019 · 2 Comments

Neuroplasticity: the ability of the brain to re-learn

November 5, 2019 · 1 Comment

Debunking the Dyslexia / IQ Myth

In other recent posts I’ve outlined the changes in definition of differences in learning brought about by neuroscience research. Increasingly, the traditional deficit descriptions applied to children who did not … Continue reading

October 25, 2019 · Leave a comment

What’s in a Name? Classifying of the ‘others’ over time: Handicapped, Disabled and Neurodiverse

I grew up with an elder brother who had, what at the time were described as a mental handicap. This was caused by oxygen starvation at a critical point in … Continue reading

October 7, 2019 · Leave a comment

Neurodiversity in the workplace | ACAS

Neurodiversity is a relatively new term that many people may not yet know much about. However, learning more about neurodiversity and taking steps to better support it in workplaces can … Continue reading

August 21, 2019 · Leave a comment

The Make-Up of Neuro-Diverse Conditions: Symptoms, Signs and Overlaps

I find this helpful infographic by Mary Colley really helpful in understanding the landscape of neuro-diverse conditions and how they overlap. Discussion of these conditions and their impact on the … Continue reading

July 5, 2019 · Leave a comment

Helping Students Develop Executive Function Skills | Edutopia

This is a well-informed article outlining how to develop higher order thinking skills, either to recover a deficit or to have students thinking on a higher plane. Simple classroom strategies can … Continue reading

December 12, 2018 · Leave a comment

The Adolescent Brain

A great video from Thomas Armstrong about the developmental processes going on in the adolescent brain…      

May 25, 2018 · Leave a comment

The Neuroscience of Intelligence – An Interview with Richard Haier | Quillette.com

A great primer for future learning:  The Neuroscience of Intelligence – An Interview with Richard Haier | Quillette.com

February 21, 2018 · Leave a comment

Neuroscience in Education

This US report from The Tech Advocate outlines how neuroscience is beginning to impact on educational provision. Not before time in my opinion! The world of educational technology has a … Continue reading

February 21, 2018 · Leave a comment

New Metaphors for How the Brain Works

A very interesting article on the latest brain research, from aeon: Your brain does not process information, retrieve knowledge or store memories. In short: your brain is not a computer. … Continue reading

January 8, 2018 · Leave a comment

Different Brains

Different Brains is a new publication to me, but I was immediately attracted to the accessibility of its articles and copy. I also liked the idea that all humans are … Continue reading

January 8, 2018 · Leave a comment

Daniel Goleman on Wellbeing

Daniel Goleman is a leading light on wellbeing and mindfulness.  In this short article he explains the thinking underlying these concepts and the neuro-scientific research underpinning them. Daniel Goleman on Wellbeing … Continue reading

December 20, 2017 · Leave a comment

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