Why some people think cognitive load theory might be the most important thing a teacher can understand.
Recently, there has been a surge of interest in cognitive load theory, perhaps aided by comments made by Dylan Wiliam on Twitter that it is ‘the single most important thing for teachers to know’ (Wiliam, 2017). So, what is cognitive load theory, how did it arise and what are the implications for teachers in the classroom?
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