I’ve shared a lot about retrieval practice (see The Best Resources For Learning About Retrieval Practice) and about students teaching their classmates (see The Best Posts On Helping Students Teach Their Classmates — Help Me Find More).
Now, some researchers have written about how they combined the two in their college-level courses by having students prepare and present recaps at the beginning of each of their classes.
Here we describe a simple student-led classroom technique, recap and retrieval practice (R&RP), that we, as two instructors at different institutions, collaboratively implemented in three upper-level STEM courses. R&RP sessions are short, student-led reviews of previous course material that feature student voices prominently at the start of every class period. R&RP sessions require a small team of students to prepare and deliver a review of prior course content via active retrieval practice formats, which are well known to be particularly effective learning tools.
It’s an intriguing idea, though I have to still think through how it would work in my high school classes.