What do teachers need to know about Cognitive Load Theory? The short answer is, not that much.

There’s an awful that’s been written and said about Cognitive Load Theory (CTL) in recent years and most of it is wholly unnecessary for teachers to know about. At it’s heart, the theory relies on a decades old model of human cognition, generally referred to as the Working Memory Model. It’s important to note that this model – like all models – is wrong. (The rule of thumb here is that if your brain was simple enough for you to understand, you’d be too simple to understand it.) The Working Memory Model is one of the foundations on…



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