In this episode we discuss "Teaching digital media in a systemic way, while accounting for non-linearity" by Teodor Mitew (@tedmitew)
When I first started teaching 4th grade, I inherited a social studies unit on Ancient Egypt, a topic that is universally adored by students at this age level. Over the years of teaching this unit, the 4th grade teachers had developed a document - what we'd now call a knowledge organizer - of all of … Continue reading The Sad, Sad Story of the Hollow Curriculum
Be sure to register for my webinar with Bradley Busch and InnerDrive on cognitive load theory and its many applications to classroom teaching.
In this episode of Progressively Incorrect, Zach Groshell and Bradley Arnold discuss "5 Meanings of Direct Instruction" by Barak Rosenshine.
Frequent readers of this blog will know that I am the Director of Educational Technology at a 6-12 independent school. My role is to design and implement the strategy around online learning and train teachers how to integrate various online tools into their lessons. This post is a reflection on whether my beliefs about teaching … Continue reading Beliefs, Evidence, and Educational Technology
As readers of this blog will know, I've recently been writing a bit about cognitive load theory and how it's led to changes in my thinking and teaching. I debated some of its foundational ideas on a recent podcast, as well. After presenting on CLT in the fall, NWAIS asked me back as part of … Continue reading PD Opportunity on Cognitive Load Theory
In this episode of Progressively Incorrect, Zach Groshell and Bradley Arnold discuss "Why Inquiry-Based Approaches Harm Students' Learning" by John Sweller.
Cognitive load theory is one of the lenses I use to design instruction. More than just an abstract idea, cognitive load theory recommends instructional procedures based on what we know about how the mind works. I wanted to share with you a few of the ways that my thinking, and by extension, my teaching, has … Continue reading How Cognitive Load Theory Changed My Teaching
Many teachers allow students to play "brain games" as part of the curriculum. When I say "brain games", I'm referring to short - often fun - activities that are unrelated to the core content, but which are thought to engage the mind or make you smarter. When I was a student, if I finished my … Continue reading Is Working Memory Fixed or Can it be Trained?
Many educators are eager to learn about evidence-based practices but don't know where to start. One barrier is that most research articles are paywalled, which requires teachers to buy an expensive subscription or e-mail the researcher in order to gain access to research. Another is that learning how to read and interpret scholarly articles requires … Continue reading Videos, Podcasts, Infographics, and Articles for Bringing Research into Practice