Posted by: mrlock | November 8, 2018

The Learning Scientists – live

Advantage Schools is a small multi-academy trust in Bedford. We currently have just two schools – a Primary and a Secondary. I am very proud to be the Executive Principal of Advantage Schools.

Over 150 school leaders have visited our schools over the past year to look at some of the things that we do – some of them are very different. Most are borrowed from other schools. We are hence outward-facing and keen to work with other schools and Trusts. We are also keen to grow or merge so that we can become even more effective at these things and ensure we can provide a world-class education for as many pupils as possible.

One of those things is that we ask our staff to be research-informed, and we explicitly say that if someone says “research says….” we should be asking “what research?”.

We have hence spent some significant time exploring the insights of cognitive science. As many others will attest to, The Learning Scientists – 5 cognitive scientists from around the world – and their website are some of the best people and resources to gain an insight into our ‘best bets’ for getting pupils to remember what they have studied. They’ve revolutionised our practice, but we want to develop further.

On Friday 11th and Saturday 12th January, we are hosting a two day conference and have the great privilege of 4 of the Learning Scientists visiting Bedford.

Dr Megan Sumeracki, Dr Carolina Kupper-Tetzel, Dr Althea Kaminske, and Dr Cindy Nebel are visiting Bedford.

The venue is the beautiful Quarry Theatre at Bedford School.

This week I had the pleasure of talking to Dr Sumeracki and she outlined the content of the conference. It is below and those are The Learning Scientists’ notes that I have expanded on.

You can join us for a contribution to our costs of £195, and if you’re really interested and can’t afford that, please do email me and we’ll see what we can do. We are really keen to share everything that we do, and work with you, so would welcome you joining us. Over 75 colleagues from other schools have already bought tickets.

Broad outline:

Most will not have had a workshop with us before. We will therefore assume no prior knowledge, but interleave the basics with more specific implementation ideas so that anyone who was has been at a  workshop before will not be bored. For some therefore this will be largely reinforcement with some new ideas.

We will focus on evidence behind the six strategies, and then ways teachers can implement them in the classroom, including activities to do with students to help the students themselves learn the strategies so that they may take control of their own learning.

Breakout sessions will involve discussing ways to implement, challenges to implementation, and solutions to those challenges. In some cases, what resources may be needed or desired to overcome challenges.

Attendees will be split into loose teacher areas for some parts of the conference to ensure a level of subject-specificity or phase-specificity (e.g., early primary, mathematics, science or even breakdown to more fine grain like physics and chemistry) for breakout groups.

Groups will be made up of teachers across schools, but will be similar in the area they teach, to allow networking.

We will provide question cards to participants to answer bigger questions that may shape some of day 2 and we will create piles of similar questions and address as we can in the 2 days. If necessary, we can also take some home for ideas for new blog posts and put those into our normal blog rotation.

Day 2 will build on day 1 and assume some knowledge from day 1. It may be possible just to attend day 1 or day 2, but the full benefit will come from attending both days.

Day 1 

  • Cognitive psychology applied to education [Megan]
  • Strategies for Effective Teaching – Planning

o   Spacing, what is it and what is the evidence? [Althea]

o   Interleaving, what is it and what is the evidence? [Cindy]

o   Ideas for implementation and teaching [Althea]

o   Brainstorming challenges and solutions [Carolina]

  • Strategies for Effective Teaching – Reinforcement

o   Retrieval Practice, what is it and what is the evidence? [Megan]

o   Ideas for implementation and teaching [Megan]

o   Brainstorming challenges and solutions [Carolina]

DAY 2

  • Strategies for Effective Teaching – Development

o   Elaboration, what is it and what is the evidence? [Cindy]

o   Ideas for implementation and teaching [Cindy]

o   Concrete Examples, what is it and what is the evidence? [Althea]

o   Ideas for implementation and teaching [Althea]

o   Dual coding, what is it and what is the evidence? [Megan]

o   Ideas for implementation and teaching [Megan]

o   Brainstorming challenges and solutions [Carolina]

  • Resources, conclusions, wrap-up [Carolina]

 

I can’t wait!

If you wish to join us, please click here

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