The goal-free approach: My talk from CogSciSci 2019

Here is a blog to share my presentation from Friday’s CogSciSci conference at The Westminster School. At the end you can get access to my presentation if you want to share the ideas within your department. The goal-free approach in some ways is the nucleation point of cognitive load theory. Whilst Sweller et al. published…

The follies of yoof: mistakes I made so you don’t have to.

During discussion with Bob Pritchard and Chris Baker about advice given to trainee teachers, I remembered a number of lesson ideas from way back that, through the lens of hindsight, now seem like a complete waste of time. Currently, there is lots of variation in what trainee teachers get told about what to prioritise in…

Customisable knowledge organisers: take, adapt, share.

I was contacted last week asking for an editable copy of the knowledge organisers for locked out learners. This made me pause for a second. A better person would quite happily have given them out, but I wanted to maintain control over them and keep my vision for them intact. It probably didn’t help it…

Reflections from researchED: Durrington 2019

It was great to see rED: Durrington back for a second year. This year six members of my school took time out of their Saturday to further their teaching expertise. It was a good illustration of how far a desire for evidence-informed approaches has increased over the last year. Below is just a quick recap…

Knowledge organisers for A level chemistry

I’m in the process of making some knowledge organisers for AQA A level chemistry. They are similar to the GCSE ones I have made, but a little cleaner. They are also in powerpoint so you can edit them. All I ask is if you make any resources to support their use please share back.  Links:…

Walking Talking Mocks: Not as useful as they seem?

A few weeks back our English department did a series of walking talking mocks (WTM) to a large amount of praise from the students. They worked really well and students gained a lot from seeing the live modelling of essay answers, picking up tips. I was first introduced to WTMs from my first PiXL meeting….

How to get the most out of calculation SLOP questions.

Recently I’ve seen a lot written and discussed about the number, style, and type of questions posed in SLOP (Shed Loads Of Practice) activities to support students in the right way. Whenever you are making a resource that is supposed to cater for all it inevitably will fail some so it’s important you know your…