Jumpstart the school year with this simple retrieval practice

Jumpstart the school year with this simple retrieval practice

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!

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This is how students really feel about retrieval practice

This is how students really feel about retrieval practice

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.)

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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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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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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? Download our key phrases to adopt in your classroom that make retrieval, spacing, interleaving, and feedback concrete, engaging, and familiar. 

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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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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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