Laura Pomerace et al, Learning about Learning: What Every New Teacher Needs to Know

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I have one quibble with this article – the title – which I think should simply be Learning about Learning What Every Teacher Needs to Know.  Those of us who are older (should that be ‘more experienced’?) are in as much need of information about what works in education as our fresher colleagues.  Perhaps in more need, in fact, because there are now at least one or two teacher training courses interested in imparting accurate information about what teachers need to know, do and understand; in my day I’m not sure there were any.  So, what does work?  This article examines six strategies ‘pairing graphics with words’, ‘linking abstract concepts with concrete representations’, ‘posing probing questions’, ‘repeatedly alternating problems with their solutions provided and problems that students must solve’, ‘distributed practice’ and ‘assessing to boost retention’.  The reason that the article is really useful is that it not only gives…

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