Phonics Instruction: Less Reteaching, More Time for New Learning

While the best way to teach reading is still debated, years of research support explicit, systematic phonics instruction as the foundation for reading success. In 2000, the National Reading Panel¹ recommended teaching phonics patterns by following a defined scope and sequence. “Learning to read is not natural or easy for most children. Reading is an […]

How to Find More Classroom Time for New Learning

More classroom time can be devoted to introducing new material when the teacher is not required to continually reteach old skills and concepts. We love how this short Edutopia video explains practice testing. (HINT: It’s not the typical kind of testing!) Low-stakes testing is a form of retrieval practice, a strategy that boosts long-term retention […]

Your Students, Your Classroom, and You!

I’ve been reading and collecting education research studies and reports about all kinds of topics, such as improving reading comprehension, raising math scores, teaching with games, best practices for preschool learning, and so on. But these many studies have limitations; that’s why the researchers usually call for replications and further studies. One thing researchers consider […]

Mastering Mathematics with 21st Century Strategies

Retrieval practice, spaced practice, and interleaved practice are not new. Plenty of cognitive scientists and researchers have endorsed them, based on more than 100 years of research. Even so, these beneficial strategies have not been widely implemented in most elementary school classrooms. Why, then, do we call them 21st Century Strategies? Today, we understand the […]