wIRead Brightly website and YouTubes are a great resource for teachers and parents!
Somebody's Land should be in every classroom around Australia!
Overlearning of knowledge and strategies, rote learning, is an important foundation for critical thinking. This post presents literacy examples, building on the previous post in numeracy. Such learning is based on cognitive load theory (Sweller, 2017) and enables effective learning in any domain and any topic. Rote learning enables our brains to think automatically to complete many tasks, and we often don't realise this!
Rote learning, and the importance of practice for long term memory, is important for gaining both knowledge and for mastering strategies and complex, higher order tasks. This posts champions Dan Willingham's book (Why don't students like school?) as he outlines the importance of rote learning for all learners. Each chapter in his book concludes with suggestions for how teachers can use this in their classrooms.
This post showcases Dan Willingham's book, with information that links directly to considering working memory and deliberate practice in classrooms. A series of posts using this book will be shared in the coming weeks. The focus is on thinking and learning, and how teachers can support this through their teaching.