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Visualiser

Visualisers…what more is there to say? I get it, and for most reading this, I appreciate I am preaching to the converted. Yet, fascinatingly, I still hear many of my teaching colleagues operating without them despite advocating their effectiveness. I am aware that teaching does not lend itself to just one effective approach but consideringContinue reading “Visualiser”

Retrieval ‘for’ learning

“Forgetting focuses remembering and fosters learning; remembering generates learning and causes forgetting; learning causes forgetting, begets remembering, and supports new learning.”                                                                                                   Bjork (2015) Our ultimate goal as teaching professionals is for children to acquire all the necessary learning, and more if possible, efficiently and securely. Having an understanding of the theories behind how theContinue reading “Retrieval ‘for’ learning”

Unboxing vocabulary

“Writing is an extension of memory.” (Willingham, 2017) The written language is a relatively new concept in the history books, compared with the existence of speech; it is used to permanently capture and store one’s memory. Writing is a coding system that allows meaning to be shared and understood, spanning from logographics (Hieroglyphics as anContinue reading “Unboxing vocabulary”

Delicious vocabulary

First and foremost, if you haven’t seen this BBC Radio 2 video recording of the famous Stephen Fry expressing the love of language, I urge you to watch it now. I have always strongly advocated that writing is a form of art. Through recording our own thoughts and feelings via letters, diary entries, text messagesContinue reading “Delicious vocabulary”

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