What do students think about retrieval practice? Just ask them. Yes, it's that simple. Here's how my college students reacted yesterday when I asked them about retrieval practice. (Spoiler alert: They love them – and literally ask for more.)Read More
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Powerful Teaching: Unleash the Science of Learning is now available in hardback and e-book! And we practice what we preach. Our book is full of retrieval practice – including tons of trivia. Do you know these 10 facts? Quiz yourself and unleash your learning, too!Read More
It's no secret that retrieval practice – thinking back and pulling information out of your head – boosts long-term learning. But do younger children benefit from retrieval practice? YES! Download our new Early Childhood Guide, where we present evidence that retrieval practice improves learning in infants and young children.Read More
Do you sometimes wonder how you'll ever find the time for retrieval practice during your lessons? You're not alone. That being said, you're also asking the wrong question. Read on and learn how to use retrieval practice to save time, not spend it.Read More
Classroom games can encourage retrieval. But they can also raise student anxiety when they're competitive or time limited. Check out this new teaching strategy: Retrieval Tic Tac Toe. Created by college students, adaptable for any classroom or content area. Have fun!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
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?Read More
"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."Read More
There's a lot of discussion and research about students' study habits outside the classroom, including re-reading, taking notes, and highlighting. Students tend to use these strategies inside the classroom, too. In either setting, are students retaining what they're trying to learn? Potentially, but not always. Read more for our boost on note-taking, which we call retrieve-taking.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
When we talk about retrieval practice, here's one question that frequently pops up: Does retrieval practice with multiple-choice questions boost learning? Here's the quick answer, based on cognitive science research: Yes! Read on for research, recommendations, and this week's multiple-choice retrieval practice.Read More