The research is in. Our brains are hardwired to forget. Which may explain why the kitchen trash never seems to go out!
It's frightening to study the Ebbinghaus Forgetting Curve (below), but we can ALL identify! Fortunately, research also tells us what we can do in our classes to fight these odds. Scroll down for some quick tips.
Why Students Forget---and What You Can do About It by Youki Terada shares with us 5 researched strategies to make the learning "stick."
- Student Conversations "not only increases retention but also encourages active learning (Sekeres et al., 2016)."
- Practice and practice aligned activities to give "multiple opportunities to review learned material."
- Frequent formative and fun assessments reduce anxiety as students become accustomed to showing what they know.
- Mixing it up. Grouping similar problems together to have the students practice over and over in just one way decreases thinking. Mix up problems/strategies to increase thoughtful learning.
- Images (or non-linguistic representations) help students recall information by attaching context to a visual cue.
Read the full article here.