Just because you're practicing an instrument doesn't mean you're learning

Just because you're practicing an instrument doesn't mean you're learning

Are you learning to play an instrument? "Practice makes perfect," right? There's a catch: Just because you're practicing an instrument, a language, or even CPR resuscitation, it doesn't mean you're learning. What can you do? Use interleaving! Download our interleaving guide and read tips from an orchestra director. Boost learning and mix it up!

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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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Do you ask yourself, "How can I find time for retrieval practice?" If so, you're asking the wrong question.

Do you ask yourself, "How can I find time for retrieval practice?" If so, you're asking the wrong question.

Do you sometimes wonder how you'll ever find the time for retrieval practice during your lessons? You're not alone. That being said, you're also asking the wrong question. Read on and learn how to use retrieval practice to save time, not spend it.

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Are you facilitating professional development? Start here!

Are you facilitating professional development? Start here!

We've seen lots of activity about teachers facilitating professional development on the science of learning. Fantastic! But who says the science of learning only benefits students? Take advantage of our resources and make your professional development memorable.

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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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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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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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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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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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