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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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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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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Download our Spacing Guide with practical strategies and research!

Download our 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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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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Here are our greatest hits!

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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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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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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