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The highs and lows of spaced practice

By Andy Tharby Spaced practice (or ‘spacing’ or ‘distributed practice’) involves repeatedly coming back to the information that we are learning in various short sessions, spaced out over time, rather than ‘cramming’ it into a single intense period – known … Continue reading

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Group Work in Lessons: Bright Spots

Group work is a somewhat debateable topic in the education world, teachers are understandably wary of the pitfalls that group work can produce. The EEF’s guide on metacognition and self-regulated learning suggests that pupil-to-pupil talk can help to build knowledge … Continue reading

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Cognitive Load Theory – what to do

As a sister blog to Andy Tharby’s Cognitive Load Theory post on the Durrington Research School website, this piece will focus on practical applications for classroom teachers. In order to dovetail with the Research School blog, these strategies will be arranged and … Continue reading

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The Active Ingredients of Great Teaching

At DMAT, we have moved away from a ‘tick-box’ approach to teaching and have embraced a ‘tight but loose’ approach.  We want teaching to be tight, in terms of focusing on sound , evidence-informed pedagogical principles, but loose in terms of … Continue reading

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Focus on Feedback

Earlier this week Fran Haynes wrote a great blog on the Durrington Research School site, exploring the research evidence around effective feedback. You can read it here. This completes a series of blogs this half term on the six pedagogical … Continue reading

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The Importance of Questioning

  As Andy Tharby and Shaun Allison argue good questioning is a fundamental but “ubiquitous” and “fluid” part of the learning process. Effective questioning should also allow teachers to formatively assess students understanding of a new concept, motivate students to … Continue reading

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Supporting Practice

Practice is an essential element in the acquisition of learning something new. Practice is utilising, applying, enacting, thinking about, writing about or speaking about new knowledge and skills so that can be consolidated or enhanced. To learn how to do something … Continue reading

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