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Ambition Institute: 'Explaining the science of learning to teachers'

Posted: Wed Nov 06, 2019 12:04 am
by Debbie_Hepplewhite
Thanks to Tom Bennett for flagging up this helpful document via Twitter:

Explaining the science of learning to teachers ... -teachers/

Harry Fletcher-Wood introduces The Learning Curriculum 2.0 – a revised version of his guide for teacher educators on how to teach teachers the science of learning.

Professionals have specialist knowledge. Pilots must understand the physics and mechanics of flight; doctors must know the biology and chemistry of the body; teachers must know how students learn.

Those who teach these professionals must have similar – deeper – knowledge and must also be able to make it comprehensible and useful to the professionals they support.

Two years ago, the pilot cohort of our Teacher Education Fellows programme faced a problem. They found clear explanations of student learning – from Deans for Impact and from my colleague Peps McCrea – but they lacked equivalent guidance about how to teach teachers these principles.

They asked:

How we should sequence learning about these principles?
How we could evidence and illustrate these principles accessibly yet defensibly?
How we could check teachers’ understanding?