David Didau

education researcher and author


Poor Proxies for Learning: Looking good isn’t the same as being good

Most teachers reckon they know learning when they see it. Trouble is, learning is invisible. All we see are proxies and much of what children do in lessons are poor proxies for learning. This session explores why much of what is commonly enacted in classrooms can, contrary to our intuitions, actually end up undermining learning, and offers some ideas for designing teaching sequences around better proxies.

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After 15 years as a classroom teacher, David is now a full time provocateur. He writes about the intersection of education research and classroom practice and specialises in uncovering hidden assumptions and unexamined axioms. As well as having written several popular books on education, he blogs at The Learning Spy.