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Dunlosky's Strengthening the Student Toolbox in Action

Dunlosky's Strengthening the Student Toolbox in Action

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Building on the hugely influential paper by John Dunlosky, Amarbeer Singh Gill looks at ways teachers can use recommendations from 'Strengthening the Student Toolbox' to consolidate knowledge and enhance the learning that takes place in their classrooms.

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Imagine having to draw dots each time we wanted to do a sum like 3+4. Or having to sound out every word we read, no matter how many times we've seen it before. Having well-consolidated memories for how to do these things can help us avoid these difficulties, which is why consolidation should be a key goal of effective teaching. Helping students consolidate knowledge is a crucial stepping stone in allowing them to navigate problems and develop their knowledge.

Building on the hugely influential paper by John Dunlosky, Amarbeer Singh Gill looks at ways teachers can use recommendations from 'Strengthening the Student Toolbox' to consolidate knowledge and enhance the learning that takes place in their classrooms. Each strategy is looked at in detail, delving into the conditions needed to help the strategies work, how they might look in classrooms, things to be mindful of when translating research into practice, and case studies from current teachers who describe how they've used these strategies.

By harnessing the power of these strategies we can make it more likely that our students will succeed not just whilst they're in our classrooms, but also well beyond by giving them the tools they need for lifelong learning.

About the Author

Amarbeer Singh Gill is a lead practitioner of secondary maths and a teacher educator. Strengthening the Student Toolbox was Amarbeer's first exposure into the world of evidence-informed practice at the start of his Masters in Expert Teaching, so it’s fitting that his first book is based on that same paper. Amarbeer has written blogs for the Education Endowment Foundation's research schools and worked with teachers and school leaders to help think about how to make even more teachers evidence-informed, always with the goal to keep getting better outcomes for the students they work with. You can read more about his thinking on his blog: www.bit.ly/UnpackingEducation. 

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Author Amarbeer Singh Gill
ISBN 9781915261267
No of pages 80
Format Paperback
Publication Date 27 May 2022

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