Part of the Great Teaching Toolkit
WEEKLY STUDY: 1 HOUR
DURATION: 8 WEEKS
This course provides an evidence-based overview of why and how effective embedding techniques help students reinforce learning and prevent forgetting, and what great teachers do to use them effectively. You will connect this evidence to practical classroom techniques, and then practise selecting and adapting individual teaching strategies for different contexts to prepare for the next steps of your personalised professional development.
What will you learn?
For any student, embedding and reinforcing the material they learn is important because memory is not just a storage facility for facts that could just as easily be looked up. The schemas that we all use to organise knowledge in memory are the very things we use to think with and to connect new learning to. Embedding is one way in which schemas are developed and strengthened.
In this course, you’ll learn about using embedding for three classroom goals:
- to use practice to build understanding;
- to use practice to gain confidence and fluency; and
- to use practice to develop automaticity.
You’ll learn about using scaffolds to support students as they practise, and about gradually withdrawing this support as knowledge and skill become more secure and fluent.
Over the first six weeks of this course, you’ll explore the evidence on effective embedding, learning how to provide students with tasks that reinforce learning and secure it. You’ll think about why and how different forms of practice (deliberate, spaced, interleaved) can be effective in developing fluency with knowledge and skill in your subject area, and how great teachers ensure that once-learnt material is reviewed / revisited to prevent forgetting.
In the final two weeks, once you have thought hard about the theories and techniques of embedding, you’ll move on to practice the act of selecting and adapting one or two embedding strategies for use in the classroom, based on your growing knowledge.
What else is included in the Toolkit?
Assessment Lead Programme
Science of Learning Programme
Behaviour and Culture Programme
Creating a supportive environment
Maximising opportunity to learn
An evidence-based approach to Great Teaching