How to Organize Your Teaching

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How to Organize Your Teaching

Research in cognitive psychology suggests several ways teachers can organize instruction to improve their students' learning. Use this multimedia overview to learn about research-based strategies to improve students' memory, strengthen problem-solving skills, and build conceptual understanding.

This topic includes four recommended practices:

  • Space learning over time with review and quizzing. (Spacing Learning Over Time)
  • Alternate worked examples with problem-solving practice. (Examples With Practice)
  • Connect abstract and concrete representations of concepts. (Abstract-Concrete Connections)
  • Use higher-order questions to help students build explanations.(Higher Order Questions)

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High School (9-12), Intermediate (4-6), Middle School (6-8), Primary (K-3)

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