Don't squander office hours. Here are our top 10 tips to turn your office hours into powerful connection hours and learning hours. Students will learn from you, and you'll learn a lot from them, too.Read More
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We forget, and our students forget. It's a fact of life. Why not make life easier? Here are three simple hacks to keep your classroom going smoothly and help you remember lessons, links, and backpacks.Read More
How often do you start the fall semester by asking students what they did over the summer? This fall, ask a different question: What's one thing you learned this summer? Learning happens every minute of every day – appreciate it!Read More
On the first day of class, start with retrieval practice. When students walk in the door, have a sheet of paper waiting for them on each desk – and ask these two important questions. On the last day of class, they'll thank you for jumpstarting the school year with powerful learning!Read More
How can we get students on board with desirable difficulties? Here's a quick (and fun!) strategy to build relationships and foster learning: Simply ask about their favorite animal (we're serious; keep reading).Read More
This week's update is a little different than usual. We’d like to share one way we build relationships with students. Read on for an essential question you must ask your students. It's one small step for us, one giant leap for supporting learning.Read More
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.Read More
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!Read More
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.Read More
How can we use retrieval practice to break up our lessons, quickly and easily, without pausing to facilitate class discussion or collect papers? This week, we focus on a retrieval strategy we simply call "Two Things," a no-quiz retrieval strategy for your classroom.Read More