Cognitive Load Theory

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In 2017, Dylan Wiliam tweeted: “I’ve come to the conclusion Sweller’s Cognitive Load Theory is the single most important thing for teachers to know http://bit.ly/2kouLOq “  (see here for original tweet).

I became interested in Cognitive Load Theory through listening to Greg Ashman talking on the mrbartonmaths podcast.

In very simple terms, Cognitive Load Theory is about considering the limitations of pupils’ working memory at the point of initial instruction.

I decided to offer to run a workshop about Cognitive Load Theory at the Scottish Mathematical Council’s conference in Stirling in March, 2018, and this blog post will be a summary of my presentation. Note: the SMC conference was postponed due to adverse weather, and has been rescheduled for Saturday 19th May.

Influences

As well as Dylan William, Greg Ashman, Craig Barton and John Sweller, I have also read some of the work of Daisy Christodoulou and the paper…

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