Just because you're practicing an instrument doesn't mean you're learning

Just because you're practicing an instrument doesn't mean you're learning

Are you learning to play an instrument? "Practice makes perfect," right? There's a catch: Just because you're practicing an instrument, a language, or even CPR resuscitation, it doesn't mean you're learning. What can you do? Use interleaving! Download our interleaving guide and read tips from an orchestra director. Boost learning and mix it up!

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Chicken, eggs, and Bloom’s Taxonomy: Fact knowledge before higher order learning?

Chicken, eggs, and Bloom’s Taxonomy: Fact knowledge before higher order learning?

Chances are you're familiar with Bloom's Taxonomy, the famous triangle diagram. But do we have to build students’ fact knowledge before engaging them in higher order learning? Or is it the other way around? According to new research, students can reach the top of Bloom's Taxonomy without starting at the bottom.

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Download our NEW Early Childhood Guide!

Download our NEW Early Childhood Guide!

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.

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Do you ask yourself, "How can I find time for retrieval practice?" If so, you're asking the wrong question.

Do you ask yourself, "How can I find time for retrieval practice?" If so, you're asking the wrong question.

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.

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Want to know what interleaving feels like? Try these quick math problems!

Want to know what interleaving feels like? Try these quick math problems!

It's been awhile since we've talked about interleaving! Years of cognitive science research have established that interleaving – simply rearranging the order of retrieval opportunities – can increase (and even double) student learning. But what does interleaving actually look like? This week, try it for yourself!

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Are you facilitating professional development? Start here!

Are you facilitating professional development? Start here!

We've seen lots of activity about teachers facilitating professional development on the science of learning. Fantastic! But who says the science of learning only benefits students? Take advantage of our resources and make your professional development memorable.

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Want to improve students' study strategies? Do this first.

Want to improve students' study strategies? Do this first.

How often do students come to you and exclaim, "But I studied for hours!" How can we help students improve their study habits? Before you give them strategies, there's one thing you have to do first: have a conversation. Here are our three must-ask questions to get started.

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Retrieval Tic Tac Toe: A no stakes, no anxiety game for retrieval practice

Retrieval Tic Tac Toe: A no stakes, no anxiety game for retrieval practice

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!

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Top 5 ways to learn about new research (have you heard of number 4?)

Top 5 ways to learn about new research (have you heard of number 4?)

Do you enjoy putting research into action and staying on top of cutting edge research? Don't despair. You can access science straight from the source – it just takes a little know-how. Read on for our top 5 tips for finding, accessing, and reading bona fide research from the science of learning!

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Download our NEW Spacing Guide with practical strategies and research!

Download our NEW Spacing Guide with practical strategies and research!

It's a brand new year. That means a NEW Spacing Guide to improve students' long-term learning! Written by cognitive scientists, take a moment and download our free Spacing Guide, full of practical spacing strategies – and the research to back it up.

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Yes, retrieval practice improves more than just memorization

Yes, retrieval practice improves more than just memorization

Strategies like retrieval practice, spacing, interleaving, and feedback improve more than just memorization! Simply bringing information to mind helps solidify knowledge and transfer it to new content and situations. Download our Transfer Guide and unleash our research-based tips in your classroom.

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Flash Forward: What do you want to remember 10 years from now?

Flash Forward: What do you want to remember 10 years from now?

What, exactly, do we want students to remember? This is a question we might contemplate, but we rarely take the time to think about it fully. Why not turn this into a classroom activity? Learn all about an activity called Flash Forward. This is a critical question – one that you and your students need to ponder.

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