paulgmoss

I live and breathe education. I try to teach what I know about learning. This blog represents ideas I have about education at the time of writing. I expect my ideas to change.

COGNITIVE LOAD THEORY

Cognitive load theory is perhaps the most important consideration a teacher needs to have in their minds when developing and delivering a sequence of learning. Pioneered by John Sweller, it implores teachers to consider the functioning of the brain in terms of working memory, and particularly its capacity and limitations. When introducing new material to […]

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THE MATTHEW EFFECT

Coined by sociologist Robert Merton, the Matthew Effect derives its name from a verse in the New Testament (Matthew 25:29) which reads, “For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath,” and roughly translates to, […]

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A COLLECTION OF ESSAYS

I’ve written a number of essays on texts: POETRY  As Imperceptibly as Grief Ozymandias  Excerpt fromThe Prelude vs To Autumn Mametz Wood vs Excerpt from The Prelude Excerpt from The Prelude vs To Autumn MACBETH An exposition into power Not a warning to society, an indictment on society LORD OF THE FLIES What is the […]

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PRAGMATIC POETRY REVISION

GCSE poetry anthologies are wonderful. Whilst not every poem may be to one’s liking, the vast majority are a joy to teach. Purposefully, we conduct this joy into our students, moving them to mastery as quickly as possible. We envisage students would have a thorough understanding of every poem contained in the anthology (15 in […]

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