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  • Deeper learning with retention of knowledge

    Posted by Brian Arnot on May 18, 2019 at 11:41 am

    I want to find tasks that will engage my students in deeper learning that they will retain. Right now my students will learn the material for a summative assessment but not remember what they are doing months or weeks later.

    George Garza replied 3 years, 10 months ago 3 Members · 2 Replies
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  • Kyle Pearce

    May 18, 2019 at 12:55 pm

    Hi Brian! That’s a huge challenge we all face!

    Have you checked out the Sprialling course yet?

  • George Garza

    May 18, 2019 at 1:46 pm

    So research is clear that people will forget if an idea is not revisited every so often.  A memorable task will help, but really, you need to review those ideas every so often.   This is what interleaving is about, and is at the core of the Making Math Moments ideas on spiraling.

    Even if you don’t fully spiral your curriculum, at least bringing up those ideas a week or so later in practice work, or as part of another problem or task, will greatly help the students remember.  The closer the idea is to being forgotten when it is recalled, the greater the  recall strength gained.

    The book “How We Learn” by Benedict Carey, has some great information on the science of learning and more details on the benifets of interleaving.  Also, the MMM Academy has a mini course on spiraling, and they spend some time talking about interleaving there, one of their pdf handouts has four or five links to research on interleaving.

    I hope this was helpful, as for higher quality tasks, of course the MMM Academy has a task area, the MMM website has a task search engine called the curiosity search engine thats really cool.  That should give you some leads to other places to look.  Hope you find and figure out exactly what you need to get your students where they should be.