Tuesday Teaching Tips: Episode 216
“To learn, retrieve”
““And I remembered the word of the Lord, how He used to say, ‘John baptised with water, but you will be baptised with the Holy Spirit.’” (Acts 11:16 NAS95)
– Responsibility to teach in a way to help people remember
– Jesus effective at this
– “Make it Stick”
1. Tie the knot
– “Retrieval ties the knot for memory. Repeated retrieval snugs it up and adds a loop to make it fast.” Brown, Peter C.. Make It Stick (p. 28). Harvard University Press. Kindle Edition.
2. Repeat, repeat, repeat
– “To be most effective, retrieval must be repeated again and again, in spaced out sessions so that the recall, rather than becoming a mindless recitation, requires some cognitive effort. Repeated recall appears to help memory consolidate into a cohesive representation in the brain and to strengthen and multiply the neural routes by which the knowledge can later be retrieved.” Brown, Peter C.. Make It Stick (pp. 28-29). Harvard University Press. Kindle Edition.
3. Space it out
– “When retrieval practice is spaced, allowing some forgetting to occur between tests, it leads to stronger long-term retention than when it is massed.” Brown, Peter C.. Make It Stick (p. 32). Harvard University Press. Kindle Edition.
– “The act of retrieving a memory changes the memory, making it easier to retrieve again later.” Brown, Peter C.. Make It Stick (p. 41). Harvard University Press. Kindle Edition.
– “Repeated retrieval not only makes memories more durable but produces knowledge that can be retrieved more readily, in more varied settings, and applied to a wider variety of problems.” Brown, Peter C.. Make It Stick (pp. 43-44). Harvard University Press. Kindle Edition.
– What Jesus taught was remembered
– Remembering not automatic
– Helped by practicing retrieval
– Peter reminded them even though they already know what he was telling them: “So I will always remind you of these things, even though you know them and are firmly established in the truth you now have.” (2 Peter 1:12 NIV11)
– How can you make your learning stick?
– Part 1: Create a learning culture.
– Part 2: To learn, retrieve
– Question: “What is the first step you can take to put more retrieval into your lessons?”
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