Designed Learning

Why is rote learning of knowledge and strategies important in literacy?

by Dr Gail Brown | October 8, 2021
Why is rote learning of knowledge and strategies important in literacy?

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!

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Why is rote learning of knowledge and strategies important in numeracy?

by Dr Gail Brown | September 4, 2021
Why is rote learning of knowledge and strategies important in numeracy?

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.

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How can teachers support students to think and learn?

by Gail Brown | August 24, 2021
How can teachers support students to think and learn?

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.

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Optimism & Caution: Potential NSW support for Literacy and Numeracy

by Gail Brown | August 15, 2021
Optimism & Caution: Potential NSW support for Literacy and Numeracy

The potential for improvements in literacy and numeracy are great for NSW students, with the recent release of information about new positions that will support implementation of evidence-based research in schools. Success of these positions will be dependent upon the deep knowledge and expertise of the people who fill these positions. Such knowledge and skills involve both experience in teaching roles, evidence-based research and in building learning relationships with educators at all levels in schools. The need for this support, given the pandemic and remote learning has never been greater.

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Remote Learning, stress and burnout: Simple Evidence-based strategies

by Gail Brown | July 8, 2021
Remote Learning, stress and burnout: Simple Evidence-based strategies

Six simple, evidence-based strategies may help when we are stressed!

Deep breaths, positives and smiles can make a big difference...

Whether it's lockdown, or some other reason, take time for yourself!

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Early intervention reading research!

by Gail Brown | April 4, 2021
Early intervention reading research!

Evidence-based practice supported by a neonatal pediatrician! Dr John Hutton's program supports parents reading to their young babies and also supports early screening for young preschoolers by identifying potential interventions.

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Learning to learn more, thinking again!

by Gail Brown | March 25, 2021
Learning to learn more, thinking again!

I've learned so much and I keep learning - this interview and book both confirmed that I still have a lot to learn. I hope this post challenges your thinking and helps you learn more too!

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