At the bottom is a link to the blog so you can find out more.

Whilst the blog is an introduction to some of the ideas informing Michalea School it  does contain some useful links and strategies to try out to improve teaching.

  • Part 1: Bloom’s taxonomy, knowledge and the forgetting curve
  • Part 2: Cognitive Load Theory
  • Part 3: Direct instruction


In Part one

Find out about the importance of memorisation and how one effective approach to home learning focuses on self-quizzing.

And why knowledge organisers are useful.

“Knowledge organisers specify in meticulous detail the exact facts, dates, characters, concepts and precise definitions that all pupils are expected to master in long-term memory. They organise onto a single page the most vital, useful subject knowledge for each unit…At a single glance, knowledge organisers answer the question for teachers and pupils: “what is most important for us not to forget?”. Everything the pupils need to know is set out clearly in advance.”

In Part 2 find out more about cognitive load theory and a useful youtube video

In part 3 there are some useful links about direct instruction – including a 2 hour and 30 min podcast about maths teaching. It is a fascinating discussion. It runs through a wide range of topics from effective planning and sequencing, to the specifics of how to teach concepts and use questioning. He has some interesting thoughts about the importance of centralised planning and the importance of teachers who choose to do their own thing to be able evidence why their own approach is more effective. My commute to and from school is zipping by listening to this.  Highly recommended overview of some recent research and and how to apply it in a school context.

Can’t wait to hear what Frank thinks.

‘The Michaela Way’ – the future of teaching and learning?