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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Organize Your Teaching Planning Template #1

School district staff who work with school administrators and staff in their districts, such as curriculum leaders, can use the template to work through a comprehensive set of options that can be...

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05/15/2014
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Key Concepts in Organizing Instruction and Study

Key Concepts in Organizing Instruction and Study

Dr. Hal Pashler, chair of the expert panel that produced the IES Practice Guide on Organizing Instruction and Study to Improve Student Learning, describes how research in cognitive psychology can...

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05/14/2014
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Visual Diagram: How to Organize Your Teaching

Visual Diagram: How to Organize Your Teaching

Organizing teaching and learning experiences so that students both remember and understand has a number of facets. Four research-based practices for improving student learning are represented in...

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05/14/2014
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How to Organize Your Teaching

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...

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05/14/2014
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