The Learning Renaissance

What Adults Don’t Get About Teens and Digital Life | Wired

Well-meaning messages meant to keep teens safe can backfire. The key is to focus on judgment and agency, not rigid rules for screen time. PSYCHOLOGISTS HAVE LONG recognized that we … Continue reading

September 21, 2022 · Leave a comment

Insights into the Parent Relationship with School and Learning from Liz Keable

I found a conversation started recently by Liz Keable on LinkedIn very insightful regarding the relationship of the parent and the school in supporting learning of the individual child. Improving … Continue reading

June 27, 2022 · Leave a comment

How to Raise a Reader | The Art of Manliness

A recent survey by the National Assessment of Educational Progress found that reading for pleasure among kids is at an all-time low.  The decline is likely attributed to the increased … Continue reading

May 23, 2022 · Leave a comment

Formative Parenting Means Not Always Being Right

There is great mythology about parenting, and teaching for that matter. Unfortunately, once you put people in a role of responsibility, they assume that they must act infallibly. That is … Continue reading

February 7, 2022 · Leave a comment

Covid-19: Last day of home-school is ‘end of an era’ | BBC News

After weeks of lessons at the kitchen table and in the lounge, how are parents and children feeling about their return to school on Monday? As Hannah watches daughter Mollie … Continue reading

March 8, 2021 · Leave a comment

Parents’ Toolkit | BBC Bitesize

Resources hand-picked by BBC Bitesize: Parents’ Toolkit | BBC Bitesize

February 26, 2021 · Leave a comment

Five ways to manage your wellbeing as a parent during lockdown | BBC Bitesize

Advice for parents on how to look after their mental health alongside their other responsibilities and anxieties during this difficult time. Visit the BBC website to find out more: Five … Continue reading

February 26, 2021 · Leave a comment

Top tips for understanding your teenager in the ‘new normal’ | BBC Bitesize

Teenager behaviour can be unpredictable and difficult to understand for parents. The additional stress caused by the pandemic may make emotional states even more extreme or in some cases may … Continue reading

February 15, 2021 · Leave a comment

Enhancing Your Child’s Emotional Intelligence

Thanks to Hannah Simnett of Cherished for sharing this post. Source:  @TutorDocTucson

June 5, 2020 · Leave a comment

BBC Bitesize Primary Parents’ Survival Guide | 5 tips for handling back-to-school anxiety

Not everyone feels the same way about sending their kids back to primary school. With Reception and Years 1 and 6 mooted to return to school across much of the … Continue reading

June 1, 2020 · Leave a comment

CBeebies releases new mindfulness app experience voiced by Stephen Fry | BBC

Children can learn and develop mindful habits to help them through these unprecedented times with the launch of Your Mindful Garden, a new CBeebies activity voiced by Stephen Fry. Developed … Continue reading

May 8, 2020 · Leave a comment

BBC Radio 4 – Woman’s Hour | Five tips for home schooling

Anna Massau, a former teacher who runs the Homeschool Guru blog, and Helena Gillespie, Professor of Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, share their advice for home schooling. Read them … Continue reading

April 23, 2020 · Leave a comment

Coronavirus: How do I home-school my children? | BBC News

  Schools across the UK would normally be opening for the summer term about now. However, they remain closed to all but a few pupils and there is no current … Continue reading

April 20, 2020 · Leave a comment

DIY Ways to Meet a Child’s Sensory Needs at Home | Edutopia

Occupational therapists and trauma-informed teachers weigh in on how to create sensory tools and spaces with what you have at home. The coronavirus pandemic has upended all students’ day-to-day routines, … Continue reading

April 15, 2020 · Leave a comment

Coronavirus: The impossibility of home-schooling a nation | BBC News

Two weeks after the school shutdown, are parents and teachers lowering expectations? When UK schools closed their doors amid the coronavirus crisis a couple of weeks ago, a second – … Continue reading

April 9, 2020 · Leave a comment

How to Support Home Learning in Elementary Grades | Edutopia

A first and second grade teacher shares his home learning plan for his students and how he is engaging their families. Read the full article here: How to Support Home Learning … Continue reading

April 8, 2020 · Leave a comment

Coronavirus: The School of Mum and Dad | BBC News

There are plenty of online resources to help children keep learning while schools are closed. Source: Coronavirus: The school of Mum and Dad | BBC News

March 31, 2020 · Leave a comment

Coronavirus and Your Children

Perhaps the nearest parallels to the fear engendered by the Coronavirus I experienced as a child where the Cuban Missile Crisis and the Aberfan Tragedy. I was very young on … Continue reading

March 23, 2020 · Leave a comment

Coronavirus: Keep it simple, stick to facts – how parents should tell kids | BBC News

Keep the message calm, understandable and try not to overemphasise the risks, experts suggest. Read the full article here: Coronavirus: Keep it simple, stick to facts – how parents should … Continue reading

March 5, 2020 · Leave a comment

School/Parent Relations and SEND Pupils

The relationship between schools and parents can be a fraught one. It is often characterised by an arm’s length relationship, which exacerbates when the child enters secondary school and the … Continue reading

December 3, 2019 · Leave a comment

Mothers with ‘controlling voice’ fail to persuade teenagers | BBC News

Mothers who talk to their teenage children in a “controlling tone of voice” are more likely to start an argument than get a positive response, according to researchers. The Cardiff … Continue reading

September 29, 2019 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: The Emotional Cup

Another thank you to Daniel Sobel for bringing this infographic to my attention. Build a little bit of mindfulness into your day, as a parent of a teacher, whilst you … Continue reading

September 19, 2019 · Leave a comment

Summer holiday activities and things to do with children | BBC Teach

The long summer holidays are here and with them the question of how to fill all that time. As what seems like endless weeks stretch out in front of you, … Continue reading

July 31, 2019 · Leave a comment

Asking Meaningful Questions of Your Child…

As parents we have all asked the inevitable “How was Your Day?” questions to gain some insight into how our children have been in school.  Perhaps it is the GIGO … Continue reading

November 23, 2018 · 1 Comment

Encouraging your Children and Students

Some simple, clear and effective things to say to your children (be they yours or in your class) every day.

August 17, 2018 · Leave a comment

Reading to and with your children

I once asked on LinkedIn which three pieces of advice teachers would give to parents to apply at home to help their child to learn effectively. When I had sifted … Continue reading

July 25, 2018 · Leave a comment

10 Things to Stop Saying to Your Kids (and What to Say Instead)

Current research shows that some of the most commonly used and seemingly positive phrases we use with kids are actually quite destructive. Despite our good intentions, these statements teach children … Continue reading

June 27, 2018 · Leave a comment

Behaviour: What’s Below the Surface

I’ve always believed that what constitutes poor student behaviour has reasons. If you can understand the reasons which bring on the behaviour, you might have as chance of modifying it. … Continue reading

June 26, 2018 · 2 Comments