David Didau has been at it again, slaying educational sacred cows . . . he has argued that it is not beneficial to require pupils to follow along when reading out loud to them, because it overloads their working memory by asking them to do two things which they cannot in fact do simultaneously.
This is a great example of how Didau reexamines our common teaching practices from first principles. The first principles in this case are:
Working memory is extremely limited.
No-one can multitask.
Reading means hearing, either mentally or out loud.
Didau’s argument is that when we read…
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