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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
Want to boost your own learning and memory? We can barely remember where we parked our car, let alone what we did last weekend. Here are two quick ways you can boost your own learning – even during faculty meetings!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
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
How often do you put yourself in your students' shoes? Read a teacher's reflection on the discomfort of being a student. If people can be good at only one thing, it should be learning. And to get good at learning, the first step is being a student. What will you learn this week?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
When you run into a student on campus, or walk from one classroom to the next, don't let those few minutes pass you by. Instead, take your students on a walk down memory lane. As always, no prep, no grading. We love it so much, it's a walk in the park!Read More
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.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
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.Read 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.Read More
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!"Read More