Teach for Long Term Learning by Stimulating Students’ Sensory Memory

In this course, the second of four courses on the subject of How Students LearnMatt Bromley explores the first of his three steps of teaching for long-term learning: stimulating students’ senses to gain the active attention of working memory.    

In order to learn, students must accept the challenge of hard work and this requires a learning environment in which students feel comfortable with discomfort.  Then, students need to be clear about what they are expected to learn and why that is important.  One way to do this is to articulate clear learning outcomes and success criteria. Matt also shares his advice on how to use feedback to direct learning and inform planning.  He offers some practical tips on how to stimulate students’ senses in order to gain the active attention of their working memories, and how to ensure those working memories are not overloaded by making use of dual coding.  Finally, he shares some tips for helping students to develop transferability so that they can apply what they learn in one context to multiple other contexts, thus ensuring learning is not only long-term but also meaningful.  

As well as being useful for individual CPD for teachers, this course could form the basis of whole-school INSET.   

Your Trainer: Matt Bromley

Matt Bromley is an education writer and advisor with over twenty years’ experience in teaching and leadership including as a secondary school headteacher and principal, FE college vice principal, and MAT director. He also works as a public speaker, trainer, and school improvement lead, and is a primary school governor. You connect with Matt on twitter or via his website.

What You Can Expect

This course is an on demand video course that you can watch at a pace to suit you. The content is delivered in bite sized videos that will take less than an hour to watch in total. Implementing the ideas will take longer of course!

Whilst the videos are designed to be watched as a series, you might choose to come back and dip in and out of particular modules to refresh your knowledge.

At the end of the course there is a short activity to help you reflect on what you’ve learned and consider how to take it forwards. It’s absolutely up to you whether you decide to do this, but many people who do tell us that it helps them to apply what they’ve learned to their current context and think clearly about what practical next steps they can take to have a positive impact with their new knowledge, understanding and skills.

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Course Includes

  • 11 Modules
  • Course Certificate