Making learning ‘sticky’ is the ultimate goal for all teachers. Over the past few years I’ve experimented with different ways of making learning stick for my pupils. Here’s a quick summary of the top three strategies I employ in my English lessons:
• Anecdotes and Storytelling: when introducing new vocabulary I often integrate it into a story about everyday life to contextualise the meaning and make it stick!
• Repetition, repetition, repetition: referring back to old material when introducing new concepts acts as a ‘learning anchor’, pinning new ideas onto older ones and allowing pupils to make links and connections.
• Making it relevant to them: making the content relevant by asking pupils to consider the links to their own worlds and own experiences allows the learning to become more meaningful and again contextualises the new learning. It also simultaneously strengthens teacher-pupil rapport!
@teacherfeature2 Deputy Head of Curriculum – London