Great Teaching: Managing Cognitive Load

Suitable for: Headteacher, Teachers, ECTs, SENDCO, LTA

Course code Keystages Presented by
PTL136 Foundation; KS1; KS2
  • Ian Richardson (Teaching and Learning Consultant)

This course is part of a series of courses using evidence-based research to develop, and embed, 'great' teaching and learning.

This course will:
• examine what causes Cognitive Load and the recommendations of Cognitive Load Theory;
• how human brains learn and the difference long-term and working memory;
• explain the difference between intrinsic and extraneous cognitive load; and
• provide practical strategies for managing cognitive load in the classroom.

“Sweller’s Cognitive Load Theory is the single most important thing for teachers to know.” Dylan Wiliam (Twitter 26.01.2017)

"Cognitive Load Theory is a series of instructional recommendations built upon knowledge of how humans learn." Oliver Lovell (2020)

Why do pupils become overwhelmed in some lessons?
Working memory is limited and can often be flooded with distractions, causing pupils to become overwhelmed, disengaged and to lose focus on the learning. Cognitive Load Theory has implications for all aspects of teaching and learning, from curriculum design to classroom layout - but simple changes can have a positive impact on learning. This course will consider how the memory works and how careful curriculum and lesson design can focus the working memory on learning.

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