This resource offers 5 ideas for teachers to broaden their understanding of cognitive load in action, and how best to manage extraneous load in practice… Topics include examples of when cognitive load is hindered and where it can be supported.
This download includes a full slide deck, a video walkthrough, editable templates and an optional professional development webinar with CPD certificate.
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This is my attempt to explain John Sweller’s original research as a beginners guide for all teachers. His original paper is focused on problem-solving, which “requires a relatively large amount of cognitive processing capacity which is consequently unavailable for schema acquisition.”
The challenge with this resource is translating the information into practical ideas for teachers. In essence, to manage cognitive load (to increase learning), teachers must reduce extraneous load (unnecessary) and optimise intrinsic load (necessary).
I hope these ideas help you translate an important pedagogical theory.
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