David McGrath

Teachers, don’t complicate learning with flashy resources

If it’s the high-impact, low-effort pedagogical ideas that work the best, then why, asks David McGrath, do we waste hours creating flashy resources that complicate learning?

Why teachers should be careful of flashy resources

It’s 7.01am. I look out of the window next to the laminator as I await my 12 new “table-talkers”, which are exiting the mouth of the machine. The A3 sheets are emblazoned with headings like “Self manager: location and place”. I’ve used a cool, popular-culture font, courtesy of a text generator.

I am feeling smug. If I’m honest, I’m also feeling quite drained. I have spent so long creating these geography-based personal learning and thinking (PLT) skills table-talkers that I’ve cognitively overloaded myself.

Unfortunately, the cognitive load that my pupils have coming to them is even ...

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