Gemma Corby What is this strategy about?
Not many teachers consider the limits of working memory when planning or teaching. However, it’s very important to respect the limits of working memory to not overwhelm the pupils’ capacity.What is working memory?
Working memory is a part of short-term memory that is responsible for temporarily holding information. It allows us to use relevant information while conducting activities. How does working memory affect learning?
Working memory is crucial for learning areas such as maths, reading comprehension and problem-solving. For example, when you are asked to solve addition problems using mental maths, you need to hold the numbers in your mind to use the information to work out the answer to the equation. This uses working memory. Click here to learn the importance of Encouraging Pupils to Think.