March 22, 2021
You prepare a great lesson and class goes well, but the following week the students seem to have forgotten all that they learned. What’s happening? Perhaps they’re missing the opportunity to practice retrieving information.
Please add your own ideas for retrieval practice to the Open Space doc.
Items Referenced in This Video:
- Song: “Sonnymoon for Two” by Sonny Rollins
- Book: Small Teaching by James Lang
- The Brian Rogerson study mentioned in the video is found in Ch. 1 of this book
- There is a follow-up book called Small Teaching Online co-authored with Flower Darby. Also worth reading.
- If you use Blackboard learning modules, add ungraded questions at the beginning, middle, or end of a module.
- Your “training” should match the end goal – if your course ends with a short answer-based exam, multiple choice questions will not be effective conditioning for the end goal.
- Prioritize time for review at the end of each class meeting and again at the beginning of the next session (if you teach asynchronously, work this into lesson content posted online).
- If you hide Easter eggs in your course, consider using Google forms to create a retrieval practice exercise for students to “find” an egg.
- Here is an example from my music survey course. Students must find the link to this form in the lesson, then answer the questions to get to the egg.
- Online quiz games: Kahoot! (better for synchronous, real-time quiz games) or Quizizz (good for asynchronous quiz games).
Questions to reflect on:
Which story in the video resonated with you?
With that story in mind, how can you incorporate retrieval practice into your teaching?