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An introduction to cognitive science

This fortnight, we turn our attention to the Science of Learning principle from the Greensand PACE model. Now that we are a few weeks into the Autumn term and we are gradually getting to know our classes, we thought that it would be a good idea to remind ourselves of the cognitive science at the very heart of what we understand about how learning happens. 

Educator, speaker and author Dylan Wiliam once stated that John Sweller's Cognitive Load Theory is the single most important theory that teachers need to know. At the heart of this theory is the concept that working memory is limited and that as educators, we should seek to optimise this load as much as possible for our students. This week's blog, written by Andy Tharby, English teacher and co-author of Making Every Lesson Count, explains the basics of the theory and its implications for our classroom practice.

An Introduction to Cognitive Load Theory for teachers

By Andy Tharby This post is a quick and simple introduction to John Sweller’s Cognitive Load Theory for teachers. It will seek to answer the following three questions: 1. What are working memory an…