The Learning Renaissance

Edutopia and the George Lucas Education Foundation

One of our favourite go-to sites to catch up with innovative thinking is the George Lucas Foundation’s Edutopia. For someone who could conceive of the Star Wars universe, it was … Continue reading

November 22, 2019 · Leave a comment

Finland’s Formula for School Success

Whenever some latest report or statistics are published which outlines some shortcoming in learning and teaching in the UK I always look for inspiration from the experience of the Scandinavian … Continue reading

November 15, 2019 · 3 Comments

The Thinking School: Some Insights from Kulvarn Atwel

In the midst of crises in recruitment and retention and teacher workload there are always people prepared to be innovative in searching for new learning paradigms. My partner, Jane, brought … Continue reading

November 8, 2019 · Leave a 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

Global Education Report 2019

In the NJ MED‘s 5th Annual Global Education Report this year, students, parents, teachers, educators, and taxpayers from 214 countries participated in the two-month international survey asking How They would … Continue reading

October 23, 2019 · Leave a comment

Learning Processes: Respond, Reflect, Review

A major strand in the development of learning will be seismic changes in the purposes and processes of assessment. This process is already underway. There is increasing disillusion with summative … Continue reading

October 4, 2019 · Leave a comment

Women in science: ‘Go for it’ | BBC News

Only a third of scientists are women but Nobel Laureate Elizabeth Blackburn wants young women to persist. Confidence and asking for help, she says, are the two ways to get … Continue reading

September 8, 2019 · Leave a comment

Child Development Stages – Charlotte Davies | Fit-2-Learn

Thank you to Charlotte Davies, a Director of Fit-2-Learn, who shared this useful infographic on child development. It outlines and integrates the various stages children need to go through in their … Continue reading

September 2, 2019 · 1 Comment

GCSEs: StudyTube revision videos got me through exams | BBC News

How a community of online students on YouTube helped people studying for their exams. Read the full story here on the BBC website: GCSEs: StudyTube revision videos got me through … Continue reading

August 25, 2019 · Leave a comment

60-Second Strategy: 7-Minute Writes | YouTube

Looking for a simple way to get your students writing? Try a low-stakes timed exercise.

August 16, 2019 · Leave a comment

SLANT Listening

The problem with listening is that too many people listen, simply with the intention of finding the gap with which to interject their own opinions. Deep listening, when you are … Continue reading

August 9, 2019 · 2 Comments

Autism awareness: ‘Better teacher training needed’ | BBC News

The mum of an autistic 11-year-old has called for better teacher training, saying her son was regularly singled out for displaying symptoms in class. Robbie, from Plymouth in Devon, has made … Continue reading

July 2, 2019 · Leave a comment

25 Recycling Activities for the Classroom | WeAreTeachers

Help your students take recycling to a whole new level in your classroom with these inspiration ideas and projects. See the full list here: 25 Recycling Activities for the Classroom … Continue reading

May 8, 2019 · Leave a comment

Christopher Emdin: Teach teachers how to create magic | YouTube

October 26, 2018 · Leave a comment

Ken Ham on the Shuttle and ISS

I’ve had the pleasure of spending some time in the company of Ken Ham, and here he gives some insights into his days as a Shuttle Pilot and Commander as … Continue reading

July 27, 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

Sensory Integration Disorder – Signs & Symptoms – Melissa Idelson | YouTube

April 20, 2018 · Leave a comment

Teachers And Those Magical OK Go Videos: A Match Made In Science? | NPR

If you’re a rock band, and thousands of teachers and students are using your hugely popular music videos in the classroom, why not help them out? Sure, OK Go is … Continue reading

April 13, 2018 · Leave a comment

Creative Problem-Solving Techniques: Reversal

Developing creative approaches to problem-solving is clearly a key area for learning development. Here, a technique used in engineering is explained in a short presentation. Dr David Hall explains the … Continue reading

March 23, 2018 · 2 Comments

Play and Anxiety

Peter Gray outlines an interesting correlation in the lives of children… The Decline of Play and Rise of Mental Disorders | Dr Peter Gray | TedX Dr. Peter Gray is … Continue reading

March 16, 2018 · Leave a comment

Are the Kids Alright? | Renegade Inc

A very illuminating debate of the current state of learning and education. Although it is UK-focussed, it will resonate with educators around the world.  Renegade is a new organisation to … Continue reading

February 23, 2018 · Leave a comment

Critical Thinking in Two Minutes

An interesting short video on critical thinking…. The Thinking Coach – Leadership Training Development

February 16, 2018 · Leave a comment

The Global Learning Crisis – And What To Do About It

Amel Kaboul is a former Tunisian government minister, now working with The Education Commission. In this TEDTalk she presents some ways to break down the dichotomy between education and learning … Continue reading

February 9, 2018 · Leave a comment

Kitty Perry and the copyright lessons for seven-year-olds | BBC News

A campaign to teach children about copyright infringement on the internet, is employing cartoons and puns on pop stars’ names, to get the message across. Even its makers admit it … Continue reading

February 2, 2018 · Leave a comment

Graham Brown Martin: Education Technology and the Future

As always, some thoughtful words of wisdom from Graham Brown Martin

January 19, 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

The Neuroscience of Better Feedback

Too often in schools we get hung up on homework and marking. We judge things in volume and in grades. I’ve always thought their might be a better way to … Continue reading

December 18, 2017 · 2 Comments

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