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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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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Cumulative exams aren't the same as spacing and interleaving. Here's why.

Cumulative exams aren't the same as spacing and interleaving. Here's why.

Are cumulative exams the same thing as spacing or interleaving? Actually, not quite. Cumulative exams can be beneficial for learning. But there are also some subtle ways we can take cumulative exams to the next level – by ensuring that we (and our students) are using spacing and interleaving throughout the semester, not just before the exam.

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Quiz yourself! How much do you know about cognitive science strategies?

Quiz yourself! How much do you know about cognitive science strategies?

End of the semester? That must mean it's time to find out what you've learned this year. Thankfully, this isn't an exam. This week, quiz yourself with our three "retrieval practices about retrieval practice," including interleaving, multiple-choice questions, and foundational principles from cognitive science. Reduce your own "summer slide" with retrieval practice and celebrate how much you've learned. 

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Tomayto, tomahto, potayto, retrieval?

Tomayto, tomahto, potayto, retrieval?

What's in a name? When we talk about retrieval practice, we describe it as "bringing information to mind" or "getting information out." No matter what we call it, learning by any other name would be just as powerful! This week, we present a variety of ways to describe and define "retrieval." Learn more from Doug Lemov, collaborator, expert educator, and author of Teach Like a Champion 2.0. Join hundreds of educators and add your definition, too!

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Why do we love retrieval practice? Read on for our top 5 reasons!

Why do we love retrieval practice? Read on for our top 5 reasons!

Retrieval practice is the best thing since sliced bread. We think so (and we love bread!). This week, read on for the top 5 reasons we love retrieval practice. Why do you love retrieval practice? Let us know in this week's super quick "retrieval practice about retrieval practice."

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But what about multiple-choice questions?

But what about multiple-choice questions?

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 researchrecommendations, and this week's multiple-choice retrieval practice.

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