Space learning over time with review and quizzing.

A key aspect of effective teaching and learning is helping students retain information over the course of the school year and beyond. Research has shown that exposing students to key concepts and facts on at least two occasions, separated by several weeks to several months, greatly reduces the rate at which information is forgotten. This is accomplished by re-exposing students to course material after its introduction and by reviewing material with short quizzes, review games, targeted homework assignments, and exams.

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Lesson Planning: Developing a Review Game

Use this lesson plan template to design a game that requires students to recall important facts.

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05/19/2014
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Planning Chart Activity: Building in More Frequent Review

This planning chart activity can help to examine the sequence of activities throughout a unit or quarter to map out how key concepts will be revisited. Related Files: Learning Together...

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05/19/2014
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Learning Together About Spacing Learning Over Time

The materials and worksheet in this tool can be used to convene a school in-service session for teachers to learn why and how to space learning over time. Related Media and Files: Spacing...

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05/19/2014
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Learning Together About Quizzing

Follow the steps in this tool to convene a school in-service session for teachers to learn why and how to use quizzes to support students’ retention of key ideas. Related Media and...

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05/19/2014
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“I Can” Worksheets: Reviewing Concepts Over Time

View "I Can" sheets used by fifth-grade teacher Deb Wickerham for review purposes. Students fill in these worksheets during a unit and then use them to review and prepare for assessments later in...

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05/19/2014
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Screenshots of Grade Reports Tracking Daily Quiz Results By Topic

View screenshots from an online grading report system, which organizes student quiz scores by the review topics that are cycled through each quarter. The reports highlight areas that need more...

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05/19/2014
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Mastery Over Time

Mastery Over Time

Two math teachers describe their department's focus on student mastery of skills and knowledge over time. They have developed a curriculum that creates multiple opportunities for students to learn...

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05/19/2014
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Strategic Study: Using the “Delayed Judgment of Learning” Task

Strategic Study: Using the “Delayed Judgment of Learning” Task

In this interview, professor Janet Metcalfe describes how teachers can teach their students to use flashcards to assess what they know, and what they don't know, and to strategically focus their...

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05/19/2014
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Screenshot of Interactive Whiteboard Pre-Test With Summary of Student Answers

View a screenshot from an interactive whiteboard in Patrice Bain's social studies classroom. See how students' correct and incorrect responses to short, multiple choice quizzes are summarized for...

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05/19/2014
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Quizzing With Clickers

Quizzing With Clickers

Middle school social studies teacher Patrice Bain explains how she uses "clickers" (remote control devices) to give short, ungraded quizzes to prompt student recall of key course material. View the...

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05/19/2014
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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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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.

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05/15/2014
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