Four steps to better learning

While your lessons may be memorable, do your students actually know anything new as a result? Here, Mark Enser has some tips to ensure that the children you teach understand the subject and, importantly, can recall what they’ve learned

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Pupils spend a lot of time in class completing work. Book after book gets filled, posters get created, portfolios put together. But how much of what they do actually gets learned?

The gap between learning and doing can be clearly seen in the first few lessons of a new Year 7 class. Like many teachers, I start by discussing the work they have done in their primary school. Most pupils remember that they have “done” rivers but more often than not, 50 per cent of the class think that rivers start at the sea and run inland. Most think that rivers always run from north to south. They can remember ...

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