Tag Archives: learning styles

What do teachers believe?

It’s well-established that various ‘myths’ about how students’ learn are remarkably persistent in the face of contradictory evidence. In 2014, Paul Howard-Jones’ article, Neuroscience and education: myths and messages revealed the extent of teachers’

Evidence and disadvantage: How useful is the EEF Toolkit?

Although everyone’s education is important, the education of disadvantaged students is, arguably, of much greater importance than that of students from more advantaged backgrounds. The more privileged your background, the less it’s likely

Just semantics? Subtle but important misunderstandings about learning styles, modalities, and preferences

This is a guest blog from Yana Weinstein, Assistant Professor at University of Massachusetts, Lowell, one of the masterminds behind the wonderful Learning Scientists site. Scientists get quite attached to terms that describe the constructs they

One more nail in the Learning Styles coffin…

We have scotch’d the snake, not kill’d it: She’ll close and be herself, whilst our poor malice Remains in danger of her former tooth. Shakespeare, Macbeth Just when you think you’ve found

The Learning Styles myth debunked on the back of an envelope

“You don’t have to believe in learning styles theories to appreciate differences among kids, to hold an egalitarian attitude in the midst of such differences, and to try to foster such attitudes

In praise of signposts

The safest road to hell is the gradual one – the gentle slope, soft underfoot, without sudden turnings, without milestones, without signposts. C. S. Lewis If you’re not sure which way to

It’s the bell curve, stupid!

Like an ultimate fact without any cause, the individual outcome of a measurement is, however, in general not comprehended by laws. This must necessarily be the case. Wolfgang Pauli A month or

Why do we overestimate the importance of differences?

“For a difference to be a difference, it must make a difference.” William James We’re all different. Obviously. Just like snowflakes, human beings are all special, unique and entirely individual. But like snowflakes,

The ‘practice’ of teaching

Fewer (activities); Deeper (learning); Better (student outcomes). John Tomsett, Headteacher This is not a blog post proper, just some notes on Hattie’s introduction to Visible Learning for Teachers. Hattie says what we

Some thoughts on Learning Styles

The rusting can of worms that is Learning Styles has been prised open again and the wriggling mess is crawling all over the educational twittersphere. And on that note I will stop

Should we stop doing good things?

Surely doing good things is something we should do more of? Especially at school. I have seldom met a teacher who is not interested in doing the best for their students and