I screenshot this photo from Twitter on July 5th (and that is really all I know about it...This would not pass a turnitin.com test right now, I know) and I loved the structure that it presented for integrating retrieval practice as part of a routine in the classroom.
Mrs. Mahoney used this as a warm up with her classes and she was very positive about the results. I like her addition of a "conundrum," but don't want to take on too much too soon. It might be something I'll add in later.
I also liked this post from That Boy Can Teach, where he advocates for the following when engaging in retrieval practice:
I do believe that some grading at specific time intervals could be helpful, but I like the idea of it being low stakes at first. He shares a lot of strategies that could be implemented easily and my wheels really started turning.
I felt very inspired by this post from Love to Teach, where she discussed using Retrieval Practice in her history class. Each color corresponds with a time frame (Last lesson, last week, etc) and the further it was in the past, the more points it would be worth.
These are some templates for challenge grids that could be adapted to any subject area. I like that these are already saved into different formats, depending on what you use.
Here's what I've decided will be my start this fall:
- I am adding a section like this to the bottom of each homework assignment. These will be brief questions, but will address a variety of mixed topics. Students can ask questions and see solutions throughout the week.
- On Thursday or Friday of each week (I only see my students every other day), we will have a retrieval challenge. I anticipate coming up with the most witty name imaginable for this new tradition. Each of these will only cover material from the retrieval practice on the homework. I have never been one of those teachers who says "it's all fair game once, no matter what"...probably because I was an anxious student and I think it's only fair to give some warning.
I'm still working out the kinks, but see this as something that could be really helpful for my students and see pay offs in test scores and in how much they remember as they move forward in mathematics. If you use any strategies like this already, please feel free to comment below about what's worked for you!