The Learning Renaissance

Micro-learning Explained

Whilst completing my teacher training certificate we were introduced to the concept of micro-teaching. It was a daunting experience as we had to deliver a ten minute lesson in the … Continue reading

January 22, 2018 · Leave a comment

Learning Strategies That Work

A great piece in the Guardian by Carl Hendrick that links principles to practise in the classroom. He also debunks some high workload / low impact elements present in many … Continue reading

December 13, 2017 · 2 Comments

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

Some Principles in Designing Learning Spaces – Rosen Bosch

When working on the Building Schools for the Future programme we always used to talk about learning spaces, even when teachers talked about classrooms. The standard classroom can be a … Continue reading

November 20, 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

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

The Layout of Your Classroom Determines the Effectiveness of the Learning

To return to an earlier theme regarding the paucity of learning vision of many heads, this often manifests itself with regards to learning architecture and classroom furniture. Too often the … Continue reading

October 16, 2017 · Leave a comment

Flipping Your Classroom

Flipped classrooms reverse the usual function of the classroom as a learning space. Instead of the pace and direction of learning being teacher led, the learners begin to manage their … Continue reading

September 27, 2017 · Leave a comment

The Pedagogy of Poverty by Martin Haberman

Much gratuitous comment is generated regarding the ability of urban students to learn successfully. It has become something of a political football with the right believing they only have to … Continue reading

August 21, 2017 · Leave a comment

The Problem in Learning is You…

I once worked with a Head of Mathematics who frequently stormed into the staff room declaring his students to be thick. I remember one occasion when he said that he had explained … Continue reading

April 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

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

Learning Styles – Bastardising Neuroscience

Neuroscientists are notoriously difficult to engage with in a meaningful conversation about their research as it is so arcane and nuanced. Consequently when any piece of their research is released … Continue reading

October 17, 2016 · Leave a comment

Mental Models as Learning Scaffolding

I came across this illuminating article regarding mental models at Headguruteacher and wondered how many teachers construct lessons in a way to maximise the chances of all students assimilating and remembering … Continue reading

October 12, 2016 · Leave a comment

Grammar Schools – 1955 Revisited

  There seems a desire in current UK government education policy to return to some mythical era when all was right in the world. About the year 1955 to be … Continue reading

October 10, 2016 · 1 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

Intros and Outros for the Classroom

Setting the tone and expectation for learning in the classroom will determine the success that students experience in the lesson. Such techniques establish routines and expectations for learning. Rebecca Alber outlines … Continue reading

August 22, 2016 · Leave a comment

Old and New Learning – Some Key Dimensions

  Key features of the school of the 21st century outlined … How close does learning in your school match the features on the right… and what are you doing to … Continue reading

August 19, 2016 · Leave a comment

Promoting Effective Discussion

Our friends at A Pass Educational have bundled together some wise words and techniques on promoting effective discussion… Education has come a long way, but many educators continue to struggle … Continue reading

June 10, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Gordian Knot of Pedagogy…

How can you promote independence of thought and action if your methods are exclusively teacher directed and classroom based?

June 2, 2016 · 2 Comments

Lesson Closure Ideas

The idea that the lesson is far more than an opportunity for information transfer is central to the idea of a learning renaissance. To this end, Todd Finlay offers these … Continue reading

April 20, 2016 · Leave a comment

Technology in the Classroom: Some Considerations

We have often written against the concept that sees technology in the classroom as the universal panacea for raising standards of learning in students. This is a more thoughtful piece … Continue reading

March 30, 2016 · Leave a comment

Working with students to give them value and values

I can’t fault any of these suggestions… I’d suggest new teachers work on these before embarking on any knee jerk disciplinary actions… Read the full article by Vicki Davis here: … Continue reading

March 25, 2016 · 2 Comments

The Anatomy of Classroom Learning: Hands Up!

A thought-provoking article from Alfie Kohn on how teachers elicit responses from students in class… Should teachers call on students who haven’t indicated they want to talk and, in fact, have … Continue reading

March 9, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Paradox of Learning Over Knowing, by Heather McGowan

An interesting article from Heather McGowan which explores the tension between an educational system focussed on knowing and that based on learning. In many respects this is the parallel argument … Continue reading

March 7, 2016 · Leave a comment

21st Century Pedagogy: a Student Perspective

The modern learner has to sift through a lot of information. That means higher level thinking skills like analysis and evaluation are necessary just to reduce all the noise and … Continue reading

February 26, 2016 · 1 Comment

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