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O, what a noble mind is here o’erthrown! Ophelia, Hamlet. It should not be surprising that a recent report by the Social Mobility Commission found that educational inequality is increasing. Schools tend to reflect, rather than direct, their communities, so … Continue reading

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The Real Dichotomy: Part 1

“I am mad but north-northwest; when the wind is southerly, I know a hawk from a handsaw.” Discrimination can be a good thing. In terms of learning, it is arguable that ultimately all learning is based upon the recognition of … Continue reading

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Teaching to Remember Part 3: Three kinds of long term review

“If it be not now, yet it will come: the readiness is all.” – Hamlet Spaced Repetition The idea of progressively lengthening the periods between testing / review is common, relatively common sense and borne out by experience. It’s been … Continue reading

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Teaching to Remember Part 2

Answer Two: Early Review  One of the most interesting, but perhaps overlooked, education researchers is Graham Nuthall. Nuthall’s findings, published in several places including the Harvard Review, proposed through a great deal of supporting evidence that students need to encounter … Continue reading

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Teaching for Remembering Part 1

The question I had was: why don’t students remember what I’ve taught them? Answer one (which I should have known): Practice to fluency. In other words, learn to perform the skill (e.g. recall), both accurately and very quickly. I should have … Continue reading

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