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Supporting Retrieval Practice with Cornell Note Taking

The benefits of retrieval practice i.e. the act of having to retrieve something from your memory (often with the help of a cue), in terms of supporting long term memory, have been well documented. Similarly a number of classroom strategies that … Continue reading

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Knowledge Organisers: Tackling the Misconceptions

Last week, Andy Tharby wrote about Durrington’s journey with knowledge organisers and in particular how we are using these to improve retrieval practice. Andy’s blog generated a lot of interest, perhaps because it taps into the current debate regarding the possible advantages … Continue reading

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Using knowledge organisers to improve retrieval practice

At our school, all subject departments are in the process of creating knowledge organisers to support each unit of work. For the uninitiated, a knowledge organiser is a simple tool that provides clarity for both teachers and students. A successful … Continue reading

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Bright Spots

We have got off to a great start at Durrington High School and visiting lessons over the past few days made it clear why this has been the case. In all of the lessons that we saw, the students were … Continue reading

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Learning from our most successful teams

Today’s INSET day had a very clear focus – ‘Getting better at getting better’.  The quotes above were shared, because they summarise what it means to be a teacher at Durrington: Regardless of our experience, we are all committed to … Continue reading

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Pruning your practice: seven criteria for cutting away ineffective strategies

By Andy Tharby At this time of the school year we usually dedicate some of our time to thinking about the new approaches we aim to adopt next year. Often we concentrate on the improvements we will make: better resources, … Continue reading

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Five Tips for Making the Most of Gained Time

It’s the time of year when the once faint glimmer of Year 11 gained time is now a blazing light for many teachers. Despite best intentions, it is all too easy to let these gained hours slip away and to … Continue reading

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