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Ep 4. Cognitive load theory with Greg Ashman

The transcript for this episode is here.

You can listen to the episode here: Chalk & Talk Podcast.

Greg Ashman’s blog and podcast

Filling the Pail Blog

Blog post about timed test and math anxiety references:

Filling the Pail Podcast

Greg Ashman's books on teaching  and learning


Little guide for teachers: Cognitive load theory

The truth about teaching: An evidence-informed guide for new teachers

The power of explicit teaching and direct instruction


Articles referred to in the episode


Paul A. Kirschner, John Sweller & Richard E. Clark (2006) Why Minimal Guidance During Instruction Does Not Work: An Analysis of the Failure of Constructivist, Discovery, Problem-Based, Experiential, and Inquiry-Based Teaching, Educational Psychologist, 41:2, 75-86,


Kroesbergen, E. H., Van Luit, J. E. H., & Maas, C. J. M. (2004). Effectiveness of Explicit and Constructivist Mathematics Instruction for Low-Achieving Students in The Netherlands. The Elementary School Journal, 104(3), 233–251.


Garon-Carrier G, Boivin M, Guay F, Kovas Y, Dionne G, Lemelin JP, Séguin JR, Vitaro F, Tremblay RE. (2016) Intrinsic Motivation and Achievement in Mathematics in Elementary School: A Longitudinal Investigation of Their Association. Child Dev., 87(1):165-75.


Cowan N. (2001) The magical number 4 in short-term memory: a reconsideration of mental storage capacity. Behav. Brain Sci., 24(1):87-114; discussion 114-85.

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