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