Clear Teacher Explanations 2b: dual coding – definitions & complex ideas

Dual coding involves the use of diagrams to support an explanation. In my last post, I explained that there are two types of diagrams: organising visuals & representative visuals. I discussed how organising visuals are diagrams which make the hidden structure behind an idea visible to pupils. There are four types of organising visuals, the first … Continue reading Clear Teacher Explanations 2b: dual coding – definitions & complex ideas

Clear Teacher Explanations 2a: dual coding – processes

Dual coding is in vogue. I’m excited by this because the use of diagrams can make an explanation significantly clearer and more memorable. However, I’m also worried, because ideas in education have a tendency to mutate and be misapplied. In my next few posts, I explain exactly how I teach using diagrams. I will do … Continue reading Clear Teacher Explanations 2a: dual coding – processes

Clear Teacher Explanations I: examples & non-examples

The phrase “too much teacher talk” scrawled across lesson observation forms seems to be on the decline (at least, according to my Twitter feed). Teachers are abandoning ineffective discovery-based approaches, and harnessing the power of teacher-led, explicit instruction. I like to imagine sages around the country getting onto their stages and unashamedly explaining the marvels … Continue reading Clear Teacher Explanations I: examples & non-examples

Teacher Autonomy: Part I – Behaviour

How valuable is teacher autonomy? It seems like a no-brainer. But like with most interesting philosophical questions, nuance makes the answer more conflicted than first meets the eye. Whilst I've seen some discussions of teacher autonomy spiral into straw-man arguments and caricatures of robots ... I hope this sparks a sensible debate. In this post … Continue reading Teacher Autonomy: Part I – Behaviour

Procedural & Declarative Knowledge: My #CogSciSci Talk

On Tuesday 29th May, the second ever #cogscisci 'Meeting of Minds' event took place. It was a thought-provoking day full of discussions about the applications of cognitive science to science learning! My talk was about how procedural knowledge should be practiced differently to declarative knowledge, using the teaching of Maths in Science as an example. This … Continue reading Procedural & Declarative Knowledge: My #CogSciSci Talk