Students need to not only build mastery in current material but also remember what they have learned before and understand when and how to apply it. The way teachers organize their instruction can greatly influence a student's ability to learn, retain, recall, and apply skills and knowledge. In this topic you'll find information on four key ways that that instruction can be structured to improve students' long-term understanding: space learning over time with regular review and quizzing, include completed examples with practice opportunities, make abstract-concrete connections that explore ideas at work in various contexts, and using higher-order questions to help students delve deeper into explanations.

To learn more about the research underlying these practices, view the IES Practice Guide, Organizing Instruction and Study to Improve Student Learning.

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Bell Ringers, Pyramids, and Big Ideas

Bell Ringers, Pyramids, and Big Ideas

Social Studies teacher Bonny Bowen describes how she uses three types of quiz activities to help students master and retain key course material. Related Files: Plainwell Middle School...

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05/19/2014
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Key Concepts in Using Higher-Order Questions

Key Concepts in Using Higher-Order Questions

Listen as Dr. Annemarie Palincsar discusses the importance of asking higher-order questions and how to build opportunities for deep explanations in the classroom.

Expert Interview
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05/16/2014
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Using Higher-Order Questions to Help Students Build Explanations

Using Higher-Order Questions to Help Students Build Explanations

View a multimedia overview to learn how teachers can promote critical thinking skills by posing higher-order questions and encouraging student explanations.

Overview
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05/16/2014
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Using Concrete Situations to Introduce Content

Using Concrete Situations to Introduce Content

In this interview, Dr. Brian Bottge talks about how teachers can introduce content with real-world problem scenarios and make connections with abstract concepts.

Expert Interview
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05/16/2014
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Connecting Abstract and Concrete Representations of Concepts

Connecting Abstract and Concrete Representations of Concepts

View this multimedia overview to learn about how connecting abstract ideas with concrete situations can help students understand difficult concepts and transfer their knowledge to new situations.

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05/15/2014
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Key Concepts in Alternating Worked Examples With Practice

Key Concepts in Alternating Worked Examples With Practice

Listen to Dr. Ken Koedinger talk about how alternating examples with practice improves students' problem-solving strategies.

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05/15/2014
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Alternating Worked Examples With Practice

Alternating Worked Examples With Practice

This multimedia overview explains how alternating worked examples with opportunities for problem solving improves student learning/

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05/15/2014
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Using Quizzes to Boost Achievement

Using Quizzes to Boost Achievement

Listen as Dr. Mark McDaniel describes how short, frequent, ungraded quizzes are useful tools for promoting memory and retention over time.

Expert Interview
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05/15/2014
506 views
Key Concepts in Spacing Learning Over Time

Key Concepts in Spacing Learning Over Time

Listen to Dr. Mark McDaniel discuss how spacing learning of material over time improves memory, and understand the optimal ways to space course materials.

Expert Interview
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05/15/2014
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Spacing Learning Over Time With Review and Quizzing

Spacing Learning Over Time With Review and Quizzing

View this multimedia overview to learn about how spacing the review of key concepts over weeks and months and using quizzes can improve students' memory.

Overview
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05/15/2014
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Organize Your Teaching Planning Template #3

Regional Comprehensive Center staff and others who work directly with state education agencies will find strategies in the planning template to facilitate conversations with state staff about...

Planning Template
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05/15/2014
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Organize Your Teaching Planning Template #2

State-level staff, including school improvement team members, who work directly with local education agencies (districts) will find ideas for translating research-based recommendations into...

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05/15/2014
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