Tag: cognitive science

Secondary Science 2- Making it easier to do the interesting stuff…

8 October 2018

The introduction to Recommendation 4 begins “You cannot do science without knowledge. Pupils have to learn new concepts and vocabulary and apply this learning in new contexts. So being able to remember information is important for success in school science.”

So in the same way that learning the words to a choral work off-by-heart didn’t prevent me from singing it musically, taking memory and cognitive load into account when teaching Science doesn’t mean producing robotic students, who can recite lots of “facts” at me without truly understanding them […]

Author: Niki Kaiser
Posted on: 8 October 2018
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Building a network: Research Leads in Norwich #NorRel

11 September 2018

Yesterday, we held our first Norwich Research Leads Network (#NorRel) meeting for this school year. And what a great way to start the year: meeting colleagues from across Norwich and Norfolk, hearing news from other schools, and (very importantly after a 5-period day)… eating pizza! […]

Posted on: 11 September 2018
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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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