Why you should ask yourself: ‘Has this been learned?’

After reading a seminal US paper that emphasises the difference between ‘learning’ and simply ‘doing’, Mark Enser has transformed how he teaches

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Barak Rosenshine has changed my view of teaching. The former professor in the department of educational psychology at the University of Illinois wrote the seminal paper “Principles of instruction” in 2012 (see bit.ly/Rosenshine). Amid the majestic sweep of good sense that the paper lays out, this sentence hit me: “The most effective mathematics teachers spent about 23 minutes of a 40-minute period in lecture, demonstration, questioning and working examples. In contrast, the least effective teachers spent only 11 minutes presenting new material.”

The more effective teachers spoke more than the ...

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