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Better Learning Conference 2018: Working memory and classroom learning

Hannah Tuck

For our next post in the Better Learning Conference series 2018, we’re sharing a talk by Dr. Joni Holmes, Head of the Centre for Attention Learning and Memory at the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, University of Cambridge.

The talk, titled working memory and classroom learning, explores the key features and development of our working memory. It looks at development disorders, labelling, and how our working memory allows us to learn.

Dr. Joni Holmes gives insight into the characteristics of children with poor working memories and the best way to support these learners. An example of this is by offering classroom-based support, such as the introduction of memory aids and learning strategies.

She also talks about her work with the Centre for Attention, Learning and Memory (CALM), which was established in September 2014. To date, the centre has assessed 750 children experiencing difficulties. To do this, they evaluate their learning and cognitive ability, brain structure and also their genetics.

Watch the full recording of this talk from the Better Learning Conference 2018, here:

We’ll be posting more videos from the Better Learning Conference 2018 throughout the upcoming months.

Discover more on the topic of learning difficulties by reading our previous post, supporting students with specific learning differences, from IATEFL Inclusive Practices and SENs SIG Coordinator, Varinder Unlu.


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