The Learning Renaissance

8th Graders Writing a Novel? | Edutopia

Two videos explore what happens when a middle school teacher challenges her students to write a novel in just one month.   Source: 8th Graders Writing a Novel? | Edutopia

March 29, 2017 · 1 Comment

30 of the Best Books to Teach Children Empathy | TeachThought

Often confused with sympathy and compassion, empathy is, put simply, the ability to feel what another person is feeling. Unlike sympathy or compassion, empathy doesn’t require you to feel for  them, though … Continue reading

March 27, 2017 · Leave a comment

Neil Gaiman: Why our future depends on libraries, reading and daydreaming | The Guardian

This article first appeared in The Guardian in 2013, but remains pertinent today. A lecture explaining why using our imaginations, and providing for others to use theirs, is an obligation … Continue reading

March 22, 2017 · Leave a comment

Phonics vs Reading – Professor Stephen Krashen

March 1, 2017 · Leave a comment

It’s Called Reading…

February 14, 2017 · Leave a comment

What Doesn’t Work – Literacy Practices We Should Abandon | Edutopia

Literacy strategies that waste instructional time include looking up words on lists, prizes for reading, weekly spelling tests, unsupported independent reading, and denial of recess. The number one concern that … Continue reading

September 28, 2016 · Leave a comment

World Book Day: Does the Argos catalogue count? | BBC News

It’s World Book Day. Thousands of children are excited to dress up as a characters from their favourite stories. And thousands of parents have to help get a costume together. … Continue reading

March 3, 2016 · Leave a comment

Shelve paperbacks in favour of E-books in schools? | BBC News

E-books are increasingly being used in classrooms by children as young as three – and they are making a big difference to the reading habits of boys. But there are … Continue reading

February 6, 2016 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: The Wisdom of Dr Seuss #1

January 21, 2016 · Leave a comment

Teaching Students the Skills of Expert Readers | Edutopia

The seven strategies of highly skilled readers include activating, summarizing, monitoring and clarifying, visualizing and organizing, searching and selecting, questioning, and inferring. Read more in this blog post by Tricia … Continue reading

January 6, 2016 · Leave a comment

Reading in Class… Aloud and Allowed!

I’ve always been a big fan of reading aloud in class as part of the shared learning experience. I well remember the joy of having our Welsh teacher, John Ambrose … Continue reading

January 4, 2016 · Leave a comment

Hobbies for Self-Actualisation

Given our growing understanding of how our brains function, and in particular the importance of continuously developing and strengthening synaptic connections, it is not surprising that from early years development … Continue reading

September 30, 2015 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: Childhood Reading

August 20, 2015 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: Reading

“I’ve never known any trouble that an hour’s reading didn’t assuage.” – Charles de Secondat

August 13, 2015 · Leave a comment

Reading Recovery: Celebrating Success

Originally posted on IOE LONDON BLOG:
Janet Smith.  “Reading has given you a golden ticket for the rest of your lives!”. These are the words the President and Provost of…

July 3, 2015 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: For Books Lovers…

March 28, 2015 · Leave a comment

eReading – The Equivalent of Reading a ‘Real’ Book?

I’m something of a sceptic when it comes to eReaders. I don’t have that much experience of them to be honest, but the beautiful functionality of them does not seem … Continue reading

March 16, 2015 · Leave a comment

On Personalised Learning

Certainly throughout my thirty five year teaching career one of the key aspirations has been that of ‘Personalised’ Learning. It has been notoriously difficult to pin down exactly what personalisation … Continue reading

February 23, 2015 · Leave a comment

Effective Communication or Pedantry?

I am conscious that language teaching has had sparse coverage in the blog to date and thought I would go some way to redress that balance… The importance of accurate … Continue reading

January 30, 2015 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: Reading and Empathy

January 15, 2015 · Leave a comment

Reading to Children of All Ages is Fundamental to Personal Development

In the brave new world of educational technology, it is all too easy to become so dazzled with the new technologies as to lose sight of educational purposes. Reading is, … Continue reading

January 12, 2015 · 1 Comment

Improving Reading Speed, Accuracy and Recall

As the ability to read and absorb information at a high sustained rate remains a key skill, I’m always amazed that schools don’t invest more in developing effective reading techniques, … Continue reading

December 27, 2014 · Leave a comment

Reading – the Foundation for Learning Success

Like the obsession with slimming, parents are often keen to purchase the best advice and services to aid their child’s learning development. Slimming is simply achieving an optimal balance between … Continue reading

October 30, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Importance of Reading to Children from Birth |

This from an article published in the New York Times on the importance of reading to young child development… While highly educated, ambitious parents who are already reading poetry and playing … Continue reading

June 24, 2014 · Leave a comment

Music Lessons Combat Poverty’s Effect on the Brain | Scientific American

Scientists have observed that reading ability scales with socio-economic status. Yet music might help close the gap, according to Nina Kraus and her colleagues at Northwestern University. Read more: Music … Continue reading

June 13, 2014 · Leave a comment

Blogging as Pedagogy: Facilitate Learning (Langwitches)

Blogging can support the strategies, techniques and approaches to facilitate the learning in your classroom no matter what grade level, age group and subject area. Read more: Blogging as Pedagogy: … Continue reading

June 4, 2014 · Leave a comment

Seven Tips for Teachers & Parents to Help Struggling Readers

Teaching reading has always been the nucleus of heated debates between two camps of scholars: advocates of the traditional school of literacy emphasize the need for an instructed and learned … Continue reading

February 9, 2014 · Leave a comment