The teaching/learning/studying strategy called “retrieval practice” has been gaining a lot of attention recently as more and more studies have found that is very effective.
A simple definition of the idea is challenging students to remember something they have already learned – but not necessarily immediately after they learned it.
Many of us teachers use it already in different ways. For example, I’ll often ask students to take a moment and think about a fact or strategy we’ve discussed (for example, “What is a thesis statement?”) and then have them share with a partner.
One purpose for this list to push myself to be more conscious of this instructional strategy and look for more ways to easily implement it in my classroom:
Here’s the best practical piece for teachers that I’ve found on the topic: Retrieval Practice: The Most Powerful Learning Strategy You’re Not Using is from Jennifer Gonzalez.
USING THE DO NOW FOR RETRIEVAL PRACTICE–AN UPDATE FROM ALEX LANEY is from Doug Lemov.
How is a Student’s Memory at Test Time? is by Eric Jensen, and offers some particularly good advice about retrieval practice in the classroom.
Promoting Metacognition with Retrieval Practice in Five Steps is from The Effortful Educator.
Check out RetrievalPractice.org
Learn how to Study Using… Retrieval Practice is from The Learning Scientists.
RETRIEVAL PRACTICE: A TEACHERS’ DEFINITION AND VIDEO EXAMPLES is from Doug Lemov.
Let me know what I’m missing!