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A lot of the time the terms “teaching” and “learning” are used interchangeably as if they mean the same thing. But that isn’t completely true. There are little differences between the words that are important. The differences are even greater when it comes to our SEN children. “Teaching” is about instruction, transmitting information. It has moved on from the rote memorisation that was popular until the 60s but it is still external, something that is “done to” the pupils. On the other hand “learning” is more internal. We can learn without being taught in that very traditional way, we can...

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We all learn more when we are interested, having fun and repeating information. How many songs do you remember the lyrics to years after you first heard them? The 'forgetting curve' has been featured on the blog before because it is so essential to understanding how children retain information. Also called the learning curve or Ebbinghaus’ theory, after its creator Hermann Ebbinghaus, a German psychologist living in the late 19th century, the forgetting curve shows how quickly memories are lost – but also, importantly, how to keep them “topped up” for the best retention of information. For children doing revision...

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The forgetting curve has been featured on the blog before because it is so essential to understanding how children retain information. Also called the learning curve or Ebbinghaus’ theory, after its creator Hermann Ebbinghaus, a German psychologist living in the late 19th century, the forgetting curve shows how quickly memories are lost – but also, importantly, how to keep them “topped up” for the best retention of information. For children doing revision this means “early and often” reviews and testing of the information. Half of all information learned is forgotten within a day and Ebbinghaus discovered the best times to...

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As well as learning styles, which we talk a lot about on the blog, there are learning stages. These different frameworks try to explain how we learn and how we can make the most of the process for the best results. In children it is especially important so that we can create the best teaching methods and practices, the best environment and the best support. The four stages of competence model looks at how we relate to our learning when doing something new, when gaining competence in a skill. That skill could be anything from learning to ride a bike...

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Benefits of reading and how to encourage your child to love it – Carey Ann Dodah, Director of Curriculum Strategy at Explore Learning New research by tuition provider, Explore Learning has revealed that the UK’s love of reading is very much alive. One in three Brits read every day for pleasure, whilst 39% read once a week. Only 8% say they never read at all. The enjoyment a good book can bring is a huge joy for so many across the UK, however sometimes a little encouragement is needed to help children find it for themselves. In aiding a child...

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