Reducing Cognitive Load

Recently I’ve become quite interested in the significance of cognitive load for learners and teachers.   So what is cognitive load? In simple terms, ‘cognitive load refers to the total amount of mental effort being used in the working memory.’ (Wikipedia) All new learning requires use of our working memory, but unlike our long term…

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Novice to Expert

Have you ever wondered how some people make things look so easy?   Recently, I was teaching a group of Year 10 students and whilst modelling the process of annotating an extract from Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, one of the students remarked ‘Sir, you make it look so easy.’ I’ll assume that part of what…

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