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Is this the best we can do? Part 7: the spacing effect

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Originally posted on mathagogy:
This is part of a series offering my views on some problems with and solutions for UK maths education. The first part looked at the state of affairs with regards to GCSE and PISA results, the second part looked…

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An Objection To Learning Objectives

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When you first become a teacher it’s very hard to know if what you’ve been told in your training is actually best practice or just the latest in a long list of trends to hit the teaching profession. Over the years schools…

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Research in education is great…until you start to try and use it.

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Originally posted on missdcoxblog:
One reason that I’ve been interested in education research in the past couple of years is because, by luck/coincidence it mainly supports what I already do. I’ve been setting quick 1-5 recap quizzes for years, well…

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Knowledge and skills: Explicit; sequenced and, ultimately, interwoven.

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Originally posted on teacherhead:
It has been fascinating engaging in the debate around knowledge and skills over the last few years; I’ve made various attempts to make sense of it.  Here are some related posts: Some knowledge-skills interplay The progressive-traditional…

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Six Months In

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Originally posted on Cheng Reaction:
Six months ago, I started working at Michaela. As a Wembley native, growing up just around the corner and attending a local state school, it has been an experience and a pleasure to teach pupils…

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Structured revision lessons using retrieval, spacing & interleaving

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Originally posted on missdcoxblog:
The problem with many revision classes is that many teachers think that students can suddenly self organise and self motivate. This is rarely the case. Last year I trialled a revision lesson structure and blogged on…

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Old-School French

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Originally posted on An Timire:
At a second-hand booksale recently I bought a gem for 50 cent: ‘Model French Essays’ by Mary Barry. A booklet of 41 pages, it’s aimed at beginner secondary students and consists of 40 ‘essays’ or short passages…

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