By Holly A. Shapiro, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
I already checked in with language. How about I look into what the field of psychology has to say? Dylan William boils it down for me when he states without equivocation: Cognitive Load Theory is the one most important things that teachers need to know about. Reduce cognitive load or bust, meaning if we want children to learn we are well-advised to teach knowledge in an interconnected and meaningful manner. Here are some words that would have never occurred to me to teach side-by-side during my phonics days.
There has got to be a better way.