The Learning Renaissance

Resources to Fight Bullying and Harassment at School | Edutopia

Although this list is now a couple of years old, it’s still a great one-stop shop for websites, organizations, articles, planning guides, lesson plans, and other resources dedicated to preventing … Continue reading

August 26, 2022 · Leave a comment

The 7 Stages of Summer Break For Teachers | Bored Teachers | YouTube

August 5, 2022 · Leave a comment

Huge Emotions and the Adolescent Brain | Edutopia

Teachers can use clips from the movie Turning Red to explore with students the ways adolescence changes the brain. Read more here: Huge Emotions and the Adolescent Brain | Edutopia

July 15, 2022 · Leave a comment

The World Needs More Purple Schools by Kristen Bell and Benjamin Hart | YouTube

How do you make a purple school? It will take curiousity, sharing, hard work, and lots of laughs! Buy the book here:

July 8, 2022 · Leave a comment

Sir Ken Robinson’s Legacy Continues

Probably the most influential educator of recent generations, Sir Ken Robinson inspired many with his wise words delivered with humour and insight. Do Schools Kill Creativity is still the most-watched … Continue reading

April 11, 2022 · Leave a comment

Finishing Class Strong With Optimistic Closures | Edutopia

The best closing activities use social and emotional practices to reinforce the day’s lessons, so students leave feeling confident – and competent – on their learning journey. Via: Finishing Class … Continue reading

February 11, 2022 · Leave a comment

How to Learn From Your Mistakes | MindTools.com

Learning from your mistakes is one thing. Putting what you’ve learned into practice is another. Follow these five steps to avoid repeating those mistakes. Find out more here: How to … Continue reading

December 17, 2021 · Leave a comment

Be interested, be curious, hear what’s not said: how I learned to really listen to people | The Guardian

Being a good listener isn’t just about shutting up and not interrupting – it’s about really taking in what someone is telling you. I thought the correct response was to … Continue reading

November 8, 2021 · Leave a comment

6 Must-Watch TEDx Talks to Kick Off the School Year | Edutopia

In less than 20 minutes each, these six brilliant TEDx Talks explore topics like chronic exhaustion, cultural identity, and emotional intelligence, among others. Via: 6 Must-Watch TEDx Talks to Kick … Continue reading

August 27, 2021 · Leave a comment

Jimmy Carr on Teachers

June 18, 2021 · Leave a comment

Boosting Executive Function in Teenagers

The teenage years bring a certain amount of hormonal mayhem to young people at the very time that they are required to exercise more responsibility for organising their lives. The … Continue reading

May 24, 2021 · Leave a comment

Research-Backed Strategies for Better Classroom Management | Edutopia

When students act out in class, it can be challenging to find positive ways to address their behaviour. Here’s what the research suggests works best. Read more here: Research-Backed Strategies … Continue reading

December 9, 2020 · Leave a comment

The Problem with the Education System

This short cartoon originally came appended to an article on examinations. I thought it was profound enough to merit a place of its own as a statement about the root … Continue reading

November 11, 2020 · Leave a comment

Music collaboration across two continents… technology promoting cultural education!

Good to see my friend Phil Rooke receiving some recognition for his musical collaboration across two continents… we should be doing more of this. Working between schools in Australia and … Continue reading

October 20, 2020 · Leave a comment

With Stress in Schools Increasing, Simple Strategies to Stay Calm | Edutopia

In North Carolina, a program offers ‘rapid resets’ to help teachers and students calm their minds and bodies and get back to learning. The simple techniques, called rapid resets, are … Continue reading

October 9, 2020 · Leave a comment

Happy World Teacher’s Day!

From Google for Education: This World Teachers’ Day, we are celebrating everyone helping to keep students learning—whether in a classroom, at home, or somewhere in between.

October 5, 2020 · Leave a comment

How to burst your online ‘filter bubble’ | BBC Bitesize

Find out how fake news can often be spread more easily in a filtered social media feed. Radzi Chinyanganya from BBC My World looks at who decides what makes the news, from … Continue reading

October 2, 2020 · Leave a comment

The Science Behind Brain Breaks | Edutopia

Research shows that breaks can provide more than rest. Use them to boost creativity, cognitive function, and social skills. Read more here: The Science Behind Brain Breaks | Edutopia   … Continue reading

June 17, 2020 · Leave a comment

Beyond Covid 19: Education in the Time of Corona, June 6th 2020

I’m honoured to be part of this panel of distinguished educators on the Online Educational Leadership Forum for a discussion about education beyond the virus. The COVID-19 crisis is unprecedented … Continue reading

June 5, 2020 · 1 Comment

Latest ISSET podcast considers Making a Home in Space with astronaut Bill McArthur Jones

Making a Home in Space – FREE Live Interactive Astronaut Show Tuesday 26th May Astronaut and Test Pilot Bill McArthur Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live … Continue reading

May 26, 2020 · Leave a comment

Space to Learn: “To Burp or Not to Burp: A Guide to the Body in Space” with surgeon and astronaut Dave Williams

FREE Live Interactive Astronaut Show This Tuesday Dave Williams Astronaut, Brain and Heart Surgeon Joins Space to Learn. To Burp or Not to Burp: A Guide to the Body in … Continue reading

May 11, 2020 · Leave a comment

Space to Learn: Painting the Perfect Planet with Astronaut Nicole Stott Tuesday 28th April

Nicole Stott – Astronaut, Environmentalist, Engineer, Pilot and Artist – Joins Space to Learn Painting the Perfect Planet A FREE live Interactive astronaut episodes are beamed out every Tuesday in … Continue reading

April 27, 2020 · 2 Comments

Keeping Students Engaged in Digital Learning | Edutopia

Whether you’re new to teaching online or a veteran, these six tips can help you make sure your students stay connected and immersed in learning. via: Keeping Students Engaged in … Continue reading

April 24, 2020 · Leave a comment

Webinar: Keeping Your Cool in a Space Disaster with Astronaut Michael Foale, CBE

Every Thursday an astronaut will give a LIVE presentation and q & a. The programme is designed for adults and families and is for a limited sized audience. This Thursday … Continue reading

April 22, 2020 · Leave a comment

New Studies Link the Arts to Crucial Cognitive Skills | Edutopia

I’ve often promoted STEM-based activities through the blog and I believe they have a vital role to play in encouraging more active and experimental thinking and experiential learning in schools. … Continue reading

April 17, 2020 · Leave a comment

Reversal: A New Thinking Tool for Problem-Solving and Designing Solutions

I’m always keen to promote new techniques in thinking skills, so this presentation put up by David Hall, Founder of the Ideas Centre, really rang my bell as a useful … Continue reading

March 27, 2020 · Leave a comment

International Learning Collaborations: What Can Be Achieved?

I’m generally a little sceptical of the potential of information and educational technologies to bring about decisive improvements in learning. My position has been forged over many years working with … Continue reading

March 12, 2020 · Leave a comment

Finnish Education Explained by Pirjo Suhonen

Our friend, Pirjo Suhonen, outlines the key features of Finnish education which make it both distinctive and effective:  

February 28, 2020 · Leave a comment

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. As someone who could conceive the Star Wars universe, it was no … 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

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