Jumpstart the school year with this simple retrieval practice

Jumpstart the school year with this simple retrieval practice

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!

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Binge listen to the best podcasts on the science of learning

Binge listen to the best podcasts on the science of learning

Want to get caught up on the science of learning? Binge listen (that's a thing, right?) to our favorite podcasts – more than 70 episodes full of the "why" (research on learning and memory) and the "how" (teaching strategies you can use tomorrow).

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This is how students really feel about retrieval practice

This is how students really feel about retrieval practice

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.)

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Two no-prep strategies to crowdsource student learning in your classroom

Two no-prep strategies to crowdsource student learning in your classroom

Here are two no-prep strategies you can use in your classroom that engage students in "crowdsourcing" learning via retrieval practice. Also, registration is now available for two workshops with the authors of Powerful Teaching this summer!

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Recommended tech tools to make retrieval practice quick and easy

Recommended tech tools to make retrieval practice quick and easy

There are lots of tech tools that make retrieval practice, spacing, interleaving, and feedback quick and easy. How can you sort through all of them? We've done the work for you. Check out our recommendations! Also, join the Powerful Teaching book tour in a city near you!

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Boost student presentations with student-led retrieval practice

Boost student presentations with student-led retrieval practice

It's the end of the school year! That means a lot of student presentations. But often, student presentations go in one ear and out the other. Take this opportunity for some student-led retrieval practice! Put students in the driver's seat when presenting – and retrieving.

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Announcing our summer book clubs!

Announcing our summer book clubs!

Our book, Powerful Teaching, will be released in June! Starting today, join our summer book clubs, read a newly released excerpt, and explore endorsements from leaders in education and cognitive science. The science of learning exists. Now, it's time to unleash it.

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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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