Examine an unpopular idea with many students and educators alike—that more testing, not less, may be the solution to better learning—in this video from NOVA: School of the Future. Patrice Bain, a middle school teacher in Columbia, Illinois, is trying a new approach to improve her students’ recall. Through low-stakes mini-quizzes administered just after students learn new material, Bain prompts her students to retrieve information from memory. Two cognitive psychologists who back this approach believe that frequent retrieval practice is an effective strategy for creating robust memories and leads to better performance on graded tests given days to weeks later. This resource is part of the NOVA: School of the Future Collection.
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