Quiz Yourself! Do you know these evidence-based strategies?

Quiz Yourself! Do you know these evidence-based strategies?

It's one thing to learn about the science of learning, but it's quite another thing to put it to use. Retrieve what you know about evidence-based teaching strategies. Contribute your strategies and we might feature you in an upcoming update, too!

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Demystify the science of learning with these key phrases

Demystify the science of learning with these key phrases

It's what you say AND how you say it! How can we demystify the science of learning in every lesson, every day? Here are key phrases to adopt in your classroom that make retrieval, spacing, interleaving, and feedback concrete, engaging, and familiar. Download more key phrases from our library, too!

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Download, adapt, and create Retrieval Grids to boost learning!

 Download, adapt, and create Retrieval Grids to boost learning!

Resources are good. Templates are great! Check out Retrieval Grids, a flexible template you can download and create using low-stakes retrieval, spacing, interleaving, and feedback. Retrieval Grids aren't just for any classroom; adapt them for YOUR classroom!

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Download our new Metacognition Sheet and share this week's Research Snapshot!

Download our new Metacognition Sheet and share this week's Research Snapshot!

We know research can be intimidating. This week, we feature our first Research Snapshot, a quick rundown of one powerful strategy and the research to back it up: Metacognition Sheets. We've removed the jargon, replaced it with key takeaways, and added a new download, too. Share our Research Snapshot and empower others to discover the science of learning.

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Tech tools are great for retrieval practice... but wait, there's more!

Tech tools are great for retrieval practice... but wait, there's more!

Engaging and authentic classes? Retrieval makes a big difference. This week, we feature tech tools and expertise from Bonni Stachowiak, Host of the Teaching in Higher Ed podcast. Even if you're in K-12, you need to check out her interviews, blog, and tech recommendations immediately. Full of insights, practical tips, and humor from an expert teacher.

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Try Metacognition Line Up for retrieval practice and peer feedback

Try Metacognition Line Up for retrieval practice and peer feedback

This week, check out a new strategy: Metacognition Line Up. Get students moving, retrieving, and reflecting, regardless of grade level or content area. Metacognition Line Up moves quickly and can be completed in less than five minutes per round!

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Retrieve, space, elaborate, and transfer with Connection Notebooks

Retrieve, space, elaborate, and transfer with Connection Notebooks

How can we help students build connections beyond the classroom? It can be hard. Really hard. Don't despair! This week, we feature Connection Notebooks, a quick evidence-based strategy by teaching expert and collaborator James M. Lang. They're the perfect opportunity to boost students' transfer of knowledge and extend learning from the classroom to the world beyond.

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Here's how to incorporate one minute of retrieval practice on day one of class

Here's how to incorporate one minute of retrieval practice on day one of class

How can we boost learning, even on the first day of class? School's back and we know there's a lot to accomplish in the first hour, first day, and first week of class: building relationships, developing a class culture, or maybe just making sure the coffee pot's full. With all that going on, here's how to fit just one minute of retrieval into the first day of class. No planning and no grading – just learning. 

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More than just retrieval practice! Spacing, interleaving, and feedback tips, too

More than just retrieval practice! Spacing, interleaving, and feedback tips, too

Retrieval practice is powerful, but other research-based strategies are, too, especially spacing, interleaving, and feedback. Not sure what they are? Don't know where to start? Want a quick download for each strategy? Check out our direct links, library, Google Drive, and more.

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Quick! What's the first thing you would say about retrieval practice?

Quick! What's the first thing you would say about retrieval practice?

Amy, a high school chemistry teacher recently asked us, "What would be the very first thing you would share with a teacher about retrieval practice?" It's tough to choose, but we're up for the challenge! What's the first thing you would share with a teacher? Read a new article on the science of learning and share your thoughts with our "retrieval practice about retrieval practice!"

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Download our Retrieval Warm Ups and make retrieval no big deal

Download our Retrieval Warm Ups and make retrieval no big deal

Retrieval practice is a powerful strategy for learning, but sometimes it intimidates students. Download our Retrieval Warm Ups and make retrieval no big deal. They're a perfect way to show students that we retrieve all the time, without even thinking about it. To flip retrieval practice from a negative feeling to a positive strategy, sometimes all it takes is a little warming up!

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Engage students in the science of learning with two important questions

Engage students in the science of learning with two important questions

This morning, I Skyped with high school students in South Africa. (Wow!) And our conversation renewed my commitment to two things: We must engage students in the conversation around the science of learning and we must build connections with teachers and students around the world. But how? Read on for tips on how to build engagement and connections worldwide.

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Bake a cake with retrieval practice, formative assessment, and summative assessment

Bake a cake with retrieval practice, formative assessment, and summative assessment

Cake, cake, cake! This sweet delight illustrates how we can best support learning in the classroom: with retrieval practice, formative assessment, and summative assessment. But how are these ingredients similar and different? Why isn't learning a bake off, cupcake war, or throw down? And why isn’t retrieval practice a call for more tests?

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Cumulative exams aren't the same as spacing and interleaving. Here's why.

Cumulative exams aren't the same as spacing and interleaving. Here's why.

Are cumulative exams the same thing as spacing or interleaving? Actually, not quite. Cumulative exams can be beneficial for learning. But there are also some subtle ways we can take cumulative exams to the next level – by ensuring that we (and our students) are using spacing and interleaving throughout the semester, not just before the exam.

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Retrieval practice is a powerful foundation for learning

Retrieval practice is a powerful foundation for learning

We spend a lot of time talking about retrieval practice. Why? We feel that retrieval practice is foundational. It serves as the basis on which we can add more strategies: spacing, interleaving, and feedback-driven metacognition. Download our “cheat sheet” summarizing key findings from retrieval practice, with links to scientific articles.

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Join us for our summer book club with Make it Stick!

Join us for our summer book club with Make it Stick!

When summer rolls around, it means only one thing: summer book clubs! And what's a better way to continue learning about learning than reading the book, Make it Stick: The Science of Successful Learning? This week, download our free Make it Stick resources for book clubs and join the conversation about Make it Stick on Facebook and FlipGrid.

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Get ready for a new book by a cognitive scientist AND a K-12 teacher!

 Get ready for a new book by a cognitive scientist AND a K-12 teacher!

Written by Pooja K. Agarwal, Ph.D. and Patrice M. Bain, Ed.S., forthcoming book Powerful Teaching: Unleash the Science of Learning (Jossey-Bass, Spring 2019) is the culmination of a 15-year collaboration by a scientist and a classroom teacher to understand what's most effective for student learning. Learn more about their book and stay tuned for updates!

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Download our Retrieval Practice Guide in English, Español, Português, and Mandarin!

Download our Retrieval Practice Guide in English, Español, Português, and Mandarin!

"Why don't more teachers know about the science of learning?" We get this question often and we feel strongly that the solution is to make the science of learning accessible, digestible, and actionable. Which is why we are thrilled that our Retrieval Practice Guide is now available in Spanish, Portuguese, and Mandarin! Download our new translations, spread the word, and let's change the conversation to "All teachers know about the science of learning."

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How can we maximize students' learning with feedback?

How can we maximize students' learning with feedback?

We know feedback is good for learning. But what's best? In our new guide on students' application and transfer of knowledge, we also feature research-based recommendations on feedback strategies. Why? Because transfer is most successful when retrieval practice is followed by feedback. Read more for our quick no-grading feedback strategies.

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Download our Transfer of Learning Practice Guide!

Download our Transfer of Learning Practice Guide!

We are thrilled to share our new downloadable guide on retrieval practice and student’s transfer of learning. Why? Because retrieval practice improves more than just memorization. Learn about the latest research and teaching strategies that boost transfer in the classroom.

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