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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When it comes to these powerful teaching strategies, don't get spooked!

When it comes to these powerful teaching strategies, don't get spooked!

Unleashing desirable difficulties can be scary. Yes, retrieval practice, spacing, interleaving, and feedback can seem intimidating. Don't get spooked! Here are 3 reasons why you shouldn't let these "desirable difficulties" scare you off. Strategies that challenge learning aren't tricks – they're treats!

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It's our 50th update. Here are our greatest hits!

It's our 50th update. Here are our greatest hits!

We spend a lot of time thinking about how we can empower you and make the most with the science of learning. Because we can't transform teaching alone! This is where you come in – to help share this valuable knowledge. Based on your clicks, tweets, and likes, check out our three most popular updates.

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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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Download, adapt, and create Retrieval Grids to boost learning!

 Download, adapt, and create Retrieval Grids to boost learning!

Resources are good. Templates are great! Check out Retrieval Grids, a flexible template you can download and create using low-stakes retrieval, spacing, interleaving, and feedback. Retrieval Grids aren't just for any classroom; adapt them for YOUR classroom!

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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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Try Metacognition Line Up for retrieval practice and peer feedback

Try Metacognition Line Up for retrieval practice and peer feedback

This week, check out a new strategy: Metacognition Line Up. Get students moving, retrieving, and reflecting, regardless of grade level or content area. Metacognition Line Up moves quickly and can be completed in less than five minutes per round!

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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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Download our Retrieval Warm Ups and make retrieval no big deal

Download our Retrieval Warm Ups and make retrieval no big deal

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!

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Engage students in the science of learning with two important questions

Engage students in the science of learning with two important questions

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.

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How can we reduce student anxiety?

How can we reduce student anxiety?

Retrieval is great. But how do I get my students on board? We know that retrieval practice is a learning strategy, not an assessment strategy, but our students may feel otherwise. How can we "package" retrieval practice for our students? How can we flip retrieval practice from a negative to a positive? This week, we share research and our recommendations on reducing students' anxiety.

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