Tag Archives: Cognitive science

Two conversations about the front of the classroom

Last week I had two conversations about the front of the classroom, that I think are worth sharing and thinking about. The first was on a street corner, outside the school, whilst I was on duty before school.  Sue Wolstenholme, … Continue reading

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Subject Pedagogy Development Session 3: Remembering and revising

During our INSET day today, Andy Tharby led our third Subject Pedagogy Development Session, focusing on memory – how we should be using what we know about memory, to support revision. Andy started by telling us about degus – a … Continue reading

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Keeping it simple

Tonight’s 15 minute forum was led by Andy Tharby.   Andy’s session was based around his own blog on the same topic, but also this one by Nick Rose.   The premise of his session was very simple.  As teachers, we put … Continue reading

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The Benefits of Regular Retrieval Practice

The first 15 minute forum of the new year was led tonight by Andy Tharby.  Andy was discussing strategies that can be used to develop memory. Why knowledge is important 1. The more automatic and effortless their knowledge is, the … Continue reading

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Spacing and Interleaving

The 15 minute forum tonight was led by Andy Tharby, inspired by the above book.  One of the principles behind this, is that we should be designing a curriculum and teaching sequence around what we know about memory – so … Continue reading

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A Grand Day Out With Hattie & Waters

Today I attended the OSIRIS ‘Outstanding Teaching Conference 2014’ in London.  I always enjoy these events, but was particularly looking forward to this one, as they had two educational heavyweights on the bill – John Hattie and Mick Waters. Neither … Continue reading

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Why Don’t Students Like School?

The 15 Minute Forum tonight was led by Andy Tharby.  Andy has recently read Daniel Willingham’s book ‘Why Don’t Students Like School?‘ and was sharing some of the ideas from it. The book makes a strong case for a more … Continue reading

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