Retrieval Practice Challenge Grids for the classroom

Love To Teach I recently came across a quote by Jennifer Gonzalez where she interviewed Cognitive Scientist Pooja Agarwal “Retrieval practice: The most powerful learning strategy you’re not using” (you can listen to the podcast interview here) and this resonated with me because it wasn’t a strategy I was using for many years during my teaching career. Teachers often have so … Continue reading Retrieval Practice Challenge Grids for the classroom

RESEARCH BITES: WE REMEMBER WHAT WE THINK ABOUT

Durrington Research School What does it mean? Put simply, we will only remember something if we have paid attention to it. Lesson planning, therefore, should focus primarily on the thinking that students will do in the lesson. What does the evidence tell us? Daniel Willingham has written an excellent chapter on this topic in his … Continue reading RESEARCH BITES: WE REMEMBER WHAT WE THINK ABOUT

USING COGNITIVE LOAD THEORY TO IMPROVE SLIDESHOW PRESENTATIONS

Written by Andy Tharby In recent years, the slideshow has become so ubiquitous that it has become synonymous with the lesson itself. ‘I just need to finish planning this lesson’ has come to mean ‘I just need to complete slides 56 and 57 of my PowerPoint slideshow.’ However, the jury is still out as to whether … Continue reading USING COGNITIVE LOAD THEORY TO IMPROVE SLIDESHOW PRESENTATIONS