Pedagogy Postcard #7: Learning by Heart and Drilling


A series of short posts about specific elements of teaching practice that I think are effective and make life interesting. Some are based on my own lessons and others are borrowed from lessons I’ve observed.


In a recent post I’ve described the value of Learning by Heart and the work some of my KEGS colleagues have done in this area.  I’ve been looking at ways to feed this thinking into my own teaching and come to the conclusion that I need to be quite explicit about it

There is teaching for understanding now; and there is teaching for remembering later.  Obviously they are linked: the better students understand now, the more they’re likely to remember later -but it’s not the simplest of links.  I’m often dismayed by the things my Y13s can’t remember from 6 months ago and I’ve found that it pays to make the business of recall very…

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