More blocks and less blocking


Traditionally, mathematics units are taught in blocks. Students will spend a week or so on a given topic, be assessed, then move onto the next topic. Teachers are often surprised later in the year when students seem unable to recall content that has previously been covered.
Recent research in cognitive brain science suggests one way to overcome this lack of retention may be through the spacing of ideas and the interleaving of different but related topics.
While this approach may have its merits, how can teachers revisit content while still meeting the demands of their school’s yearly overview or scope and sequence?
This workshop will aim to overcome this challenge. Participants will be shown a range of hands-on games, activities and assessment tasks that will help students retrieve key concepts while encouraging them to apply their knowledge and skills to new situations and problems.

Cassandra Lowry

Session Code Session Date Session Start Session Finish Session Location Places Remaining
D-03 05/12/2019 02:30 pm 03:30 pm La Trobe University, Bundoora


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