This week I read Graham Nuthall’s “The Hidden Lives of Learners” ready for the @EduChatUK discussion on Wednesday. It is a fascinating study of student behaviour and learning in the classroom, but I’m not sure it has any new implications for most teachers. I’m vastly oversimplifying here, but the key points of the book seem to be:
1) Everyone learns differently depending on their prior experiences
2) A concept needs to be revisited at least three times for it to be learnt.
3) There are three separate cultural spheres at play in the classroom
I’d like to discuss each of these in turn.
1) Everyone learns differently depending on their prior experiences.
Prior experience, the “nurture” aspect of the false nature/nurture dichotomy, is arguably the single most important factor in determining the performance and behaviour of a student in the classroom. Regardless of the school experience, a child that has…
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