Dual Coding in a Nutshell

"The drawing shows me at one glance what might be spread over ten pages in a book." Turgenev, 1861 What is it? Dual coding is learning using different sensory pathways to transfer information into the working memory. We then encode the information into our long term memory and the more ways in which we learn, … Continue reading Dual Coding in a Nutshell

Anyone for a G & T? The unintended impact of the gifted and talented list

It used to be pretty standard in schools, still clinging on in around 32% of schools according to a quick Twitter poll (n=266), to have someone working in a role known as either the Gifted and Talented or More Able Provision Coordinator. They are in charge of a list. A list of pupils who were … Continue reading Anyone for a G & T? The unintended impact of the gifted and talented list

TSFL: Teaching Science as a Foreign Language

The Language of Science One my favourite factoids (which I cannot recall the source of and therefore substantiate) is that pupils learning GCSE science encounter more new words than when they study a foreign language. Usually directed at MFL teachers. Usually they don't believe me! It is quintessentially captured in the following quote from Via, … Continue reading TSFL: Teaching Science as a Foreign Language