Tag: cognitive science

NorReL March links- Memory and the Science of Learning

20 March 2018

Many thanks to all who came along to the Research Leads Network meeting this month. We had a full and varied Agenda including contributions from within the Opportunity Area, around Norfolk… and across the Atlantic! […]

Author: Niki Kaiser
Posted on: 20 March 2018
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What learning French has taught me about teaching

4 March 2018

Almost 13 years later, and in the euphoria that the Christmas Holidays and sense of fresh start that New Year brings, I decided to retackle some French. My partner is very good at French, and so when we’ve visited the country I have been heavily reliant upon his ability to speak it almost fluently, with my occasional delight at recognising ‘Sortie’ on a sign and proudly proclaiming ‘that means exit.’ Having realised that our holidays will involve a lot of seeing France in 2018, being the proud woman I am, I decided that I didn’t want to just rely upon my other half’s knowledge of French whilst there, and that I wanted to be able to do some of it myself. Having a C grade, how hard can it be? I naïvely thought. […]

Author: Vicki Barnett (Research Lead at Notre Dame High School)
Posted on: 4 March 2018
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Will they remember this next year? 5 key points for long-term learning

28 February 2018

We encounter a huge amount of information all the time via our senses. If we paid attention to it all, we would very soon be overloaded and unable to deal withany of it. For this reason, much of what we encounter is very quickly forgotten, unless we pay attention to it, and make a point of remembering it. […]

Author: Niki Kaiser
Posted on: 28 February 2018
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Memory- a user’s guide (NorReL March 7th)

16:00–18:00 on 7 March 2018

Our next Network Research Leads meeting will feature Efrat Furst speaking about memory and practical approaches from neuroscience. The meeting is free, all are welcome, and you can sign up here. […]

Posted on: 28 February 2018
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FREE evidence-based revision resource (a highly technical piece of blue card…)

10 February 2018

…even if you space, interleave, retrieve and elaborate throughout a curriculum sequence, you still need to consolidate learning as exams draw nearer, and make sure that knowledge is accessible and applicable.
And if you haven’t done all this spacing and retrieving and interleaving throughout the course (because, let’s face it, most of us haven’t!… either because we felt we didn’t have time or because we didn’t know how to… or because we just didn’t know about this stuff) then effective revision is even more important. […]

Author: Niki Kaiser
Posted on: 10 February 2018
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Journal Club- reflections on our first term

6 January 2018

I gave Journal Club a bit of a revamp when I started as Research Lead back in September. One of my key aims as Research Lead has been to appeal to the masses of our teaching staff, to cater for the busy teacher who believes they don’t have time for research in amongst everything else they have to do. […]

Author: Vicki Barnett (Research Lead at Notre Dame High School)
Posted on: 6 January 2018
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November round-up (Science and Bananarama…)

09:00 on 5 February 2018–15:00 on 9 March 2018

I want people to look at what’s going on in East Anglia and say “we want to do what they’re doing!”
Stuart Kime spoke at our Information Evening last week about the sense of excitment that’s building in “the East” about how we can work together and use Research to improve practice and outcomes here. He also spoke about Bananrama… but that’s another story.
November has been another busy, positive and encouraging month. You can read our newsletter (and subscribe to it here) but this post outlines some personal reflections on the past month. […]

Author: Niki Kaiser
Posted on: 9 December 2017
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Threshold Concepts (and troublesome knowledge)

4 December 2017

I have been interested in Threshold Concepts, and how they might help me support students to understand Chemistry, for a while now. I’ve read and blogged about them, used research literature to inform my teaching, and analysed student answers to try and identify them. Threshold Concepts fascinate me, because they conjure up those satisfying “lightbulb moments”, when a whole host of ideas that you’d been struggling to understand suddenly fall into place.
So when I found out that Stuart Kime had interviewed Ray Land , I was rather excited (to say the least!). I’ve summarised here some of the points that he made. […]

Author: Niki Kaiser
Posted on: 4 December 2017
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October round-up: Spirit of collaboration

10 November 2017

One of the most exciting aspects of becoming a Research School, and being part of the Research Schools Network, is the opportunity it brings to work closely with others and collaborate. Our ultimate aim is to help improve outcomes for young people in Norwich (and Norfolk), but we can’t do this on our own! However, we have an great chance to work alongside others to help and support people around us. […]

Author: Niki Kaiser
Posted on: 10 November 2017
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“What does this look like in the classroom?” by Carl Hendrick and Robin MacPherson (a book review)

27 October 2017

I’ve had the book for a week now, and have read it twice already. This is one of the book’s key strengths – it is incredibly accessible and provides insights for teachers no matter their ‘research literacy.’ For those brand new to research the book introduces some key issues that all teachers should be aware of, such as the impact of cognitive science on how children learn, and how to use research on assessment and marking to lower work load. For those more familiar with some key areas of research, the book expands on these areas further as well as introducing some new areas to be aware of. Personally I feel relatively research literate and yet still found the book incredibly insightful. […]

Posted on: 27 October 2017
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