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Dual coding in your lessons: Dos & don'ts

How can teachers incorporate dual coding theory into their lessons? And what should they avoid doing? James Ball offers some quick dos and don’ts

If you were to walk into any UK secondary school today, I doubt you would have to look very far to find evidence of dual coding theory being used.

In all likelihood, you will see a “learning journey” display as you enter a department, complete with the tell-tale iconography.

There could well be a PowerPoint presentation incorporating dual coding and numerous resources utilising the dual coding approach.

Dual coding is now seemingly so established in our schools that you could be forgiven for not wanting to ask about it for fear of appearing behind the times. So, what exactly is dual coding? What could you do to incorporate it in your lessons? And what should you make sure you avoid doing?

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