Spacing and Interleaving

Class Teaching

tharby1The 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 that what they are taught, sticks.  This links to an interesting point about what’s happening in lessons – learning or performance?

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So, often what we describe as learning in a lesson is performance – so whilst they can do X, Y and Z in a lesson can they remember it?  Will they remember it 1, 2 or 3 weeks down the line?  If they won’t, then we can’t really refer to it as learning.  This calls into a question a number of fairly standard teaching strategies, such as the one below:

mini whiteboardsThe scene above is fairly common – and would be referred to as ‘good AfL’.  The teacher has asked a…

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