Why Don’t Students Like School?

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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 traditional approach to teaching, underpinned by an understanding of how the brain works.  Despite the fact that in the last 25 years we have made huge advances in terms of understanding how the brain works, many aspects of perceived ‘good’ teaching methods, don’t appear to have taken this on board.  In the book, Willingham covers 9 cognitive principles.  In the forum tonight, Andy focused on one:

People are naturally curious, but we are not naturally good thinkers; unless the cognitive conditions are right, we will avoid thinking.

There are four main ideas around this principle:

  • “Thinking is slow, effortful and uncertain”

Thinking takes time and so learning can…

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