Bradley Busch talks about the Science of Learning

Geoff Riley

21st January 2018

Here is a recording given a few days ago by Bradley Busch at our school's education society on the Science of Learning.

A summary of some of the key points from the talk:

How can we motivate students?a.       Create autonomy: pupils are encouraged to make their own choices. This fosters independence and an inquiring mind. However, too much choice can be bad.b.       Foster mastery: encourage pupils to focus on individual development and to stop comparing themselves to others.c.       Give pupils a purpose for what they are doing: if not, they will lose interest. This can be individual development, to build a passion for the subject or to contribute to group work.  Give students a purpose beyond exams for what they are doing.   How can we improve memory?a.       Make students think more deeply about their responses. Ask them WHY?b.       Encourage them to space out their reading– cramming doesn’t work as well. c.       Do regular tests and quizzes. These need to be done in a supportive environment rather than to give negative feedback. You don’t need to give a grade or they can peer mark.d.       Ask pre-questions before you teach. Encourage them to guess the answer. A few more tips:Reading out loud is more efficient than silent readingHighlighting information you want to remember is not very useful.It is easier to remember things if you divide them in chunks.

Geoff Riley

Geoff Riley FRSA has been teaching Economics for over thirty years. He has over twenty years experience as Head of Economics at leading schools. He writes extensively and is a contributor and presenter on CPD conferences in the UK and overseas.

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