Cognitive Load Theory is increasingly impacting on teachers. Its latest inclusion being in the Early Career Framework. Alongside its wider impact on policy, it is featuring in professional development programmes, influencing people’s thinking and hopefully their approach to teaching. At its heart, it is a theory about instructional (teaching) design.Continue reading
Cognitive Load Theory includes compound and simple effects that can be used to improve the quality of teaching and hence learning. Five higher order compound effects alter the characteristics of other simple cognitive load effects.Continue reading
Throughout my career, teaching to the middle meant focussing, unintentionally or as a means of survival, on the needs of those pupils whose attainment was at or around the mode for the class. Pupils whose attainment was higher or lower tended to be less well catered for.