Weekly Digest #13: How Teachers Implement Retrieval in their Classrooms
Over the last couple of weeks, our digests have focused on standardized testing. We published a digest of divergent views on standardized testing, and last week we published a digest about how to make standardized testing better. This week, we step away from testing for assessment and instead focus on how testing - or retrieval practice - can be used in the classroom to improve learning. If you've been reading our blog, you no doubt have noticed we talk a lot about retrieval practice as a way to promote learning. We have a concept map about retrieval practice, and a post describing the many benefits of retrieval practice.
This week, we provide five resources from teachers discussing the implementation of retrieval practice via quizzing in their classrooms. (Note: these teachers are using quizzing to help their students practice retrieval. However, retrieval can be produced in other ways. For an example, see this post for information about retrieval with concept maps.)
If you're new to the idea of using retrieval practice to promote learning, you may want to check out one of our previous digests first: An Introduction to Retrieval Practice.
From collaborative quizzing in the classroom to reading quizzes to be completed at home before class, this article outlines a number of ways to use quizzing to promote learning. We especially like the references provided after each suggestion!
Quizzing is great, but grading and providing feedback can take a lot of time. In this post, Terry McGlynn discusses how he uses ungraded quizzes in his classroom while still keeping his students motivated to answer the questions.
In this piece, Andy Tharby provides practical tips on helping students retain information for longer periods of time. About halfway down, he discusses retention tasks - our favorite!! This post focuses on GCSEs in language and literature in the UK. For the translation to American education, see this post.
We have noticed that Julie Schell likes retrieval practice. In her post, how to help people remember what they learn, she described retrieval practice as a "game changer" for both teachers and students. In this piece, she takes her recommendation to the next level and describes how to flip your classroom using frequent quizzing.
If you're interested in flipped classrooms in general, Julie Schell seems to have written a lot on the topic on her blog, Turn to Your Neighbor!
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