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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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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Combining retrieval, spacing, and feedback boosts STEM learning

Combining retrieval, spacing, and feedback boosts STEM learning

When we write about research and the science of learning, we usually write about learning in K-12. But retrieval practice, spacing, interleaving, and feedback are powerful in college (and beyond), too. Read and share our second Research Snapshot on research-based strategies in college STEM courses. Spoiler alert: They dramatically boost learning!

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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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Get the science of learning, straight from the source

Get the science of learning, straight from the source

For more than a century, scientists have been conducting rigorous research on how people learn. While we love keeping our weekly updates short and sweet, there's a lot more to read, learn, apply, and dive into. Get more science, straight from the source: Register for our upcoming webinar and follow our growing Twitter list of cognitive scientists.

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Download our new Metacognition Sheet and share this week's Research Snapshot!

Download our new Metacognition Sheet and share this week's Research Snapshot!

We know research can be intimidating. This week, we feature our first Research Snapshot, a quick rundown of one powerful strategy and the research to back it up: Metacognition Sheets. We've removed the jargon, replaced it with key takeaways, and added a new download, too. Share our Research Snapshot and empower others to discover the science of learning.

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More than just retrieval practice! Spacing, interleaving, and feedback tips, too

More than just retrieval practice! Spacing, interleaving, and feedback tips, too

Retrieval practice is powerful, but other research-based strategies are, too, especially spacing, interleaving, and feedback. Not sure what they are? Don't know where to start? Want a quick download for each strategy? Check out our direct links, library, Google Drive, and more.

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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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Retrieval practice is a powerful foundation for learning

Retrieval practice is a powerful foundation for learning

We spend a lot of time talking about retrieval practice. Why? We feel that retrieval practice is foundational. It serves as the basis on which we can add more strategies: spacing, interleaving, and feedback-driven metacognition. Download our “cheat sheet” summarizing key findings from retrieval practice, with links to scientific articles.

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Join us for our summer book club with Make it Stick!

Join us for our summer book club with Make it Stick!

When summer rolls around, it means only one thing: summer book clubs! And what's a better way to continue learning about learning than reading the book, Make it Stick: The Science of Successful Learning? This week, download our free Make it Stick resources for book clubs and join the conversation about Make it Stick on Facebook and FlipGrid.

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Get ready for a new book by a cognitive scientist AND a K-12 teacher!

 Get ready for a new book by a cognitive scientist AND a K-12 teacher!

Written by Pooja K. Agarwal, Ph.D. and Patrice M. Bain, Ed.S., forthcoming book Powerful Teaching: Unleash the Science of Learning (Jossey-Bass, Spring 2019) is the culmination of a 15-year collaboration by a scientist and a classroom teacher to understand what's most effective for student learning. Learn more about their book and stay tuned for updates!

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Download our Retrieval Practice Guide in English, Español, Português, and Mandarin!

Download our Retrieval Practice Guide in English, Español, Português, and Mandarin!

"Why don't more teachers know about the science of learning?" We get this question often and we feel strongly that the solution is to make the science of learning accessible, digestible, and actionable. Which is why we are thrilled that our Retrieval Practice Guide is now available in Spanish, Portuguese, and Mandarin! Download our new translations, spread the word, and let's change the conversation to "All teachers know about the science of learning."

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How can we maximize students' learning with feedback?

How can we maximize students' learning with feedback?

We know feedback is good for learning. But what's best? In our new guide on students' application and transfer of knowledge, we also feature research-based recommendations on feedback strategies. Why? Because transfer is most successful when retrieval practice is followed by feedback. Read more for our quick no-grading feedback strategies.

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Download our Transfer of Learning Practice Guide!

Download our Transfer of Learning Practice Guide!

We are thrilled to share our new downloadable guide on retrieval practice and student’s transfer of learning. Why? Because retrieval practice improves more than just memorization. Learn about the latest research and teaching strategies that boost transfer in the classroom.

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