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Working memory: Lightening the cognitive load for your students

Classroom consistency helps pupils to learn. Drawing upon Miller’s Law on the capacities of our working memory, Matt Bromley looks at what consistency means in practice

I moved house last month. Those who claim it is one of the most stressful things you can do in life are not wrong. But, contrary to popular opinion, the stress does not dissipate the moment the removals van pulls off the drive.

Coming to terms with life in a strange house is also challenging. Take, for example, cooking. In our old home, I would dance around the kitchen with balletic grace. But in our new house, I struggled to find even the necessities to make the most basic of meals. But why should moving house be so tough and what has this got to do with teaching?

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