Common Read

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Part 1 of Small Teaching by James Lang focusing on the learning principles of retrieving, predicting, and interleaving. This section of the text embraces the concept that students need to master and be able to recall factual knowledge prior to participating in higher cognitive activities.  Small teaching activities incorporated into the classroom can boost students’ mastery of knowledge.

Chapter 1 explains the theory and principles of providing students with retrieval practice through brief instructional exercises.  According to Lang (2016), “Every time we extract a piece of information or an experience from our memory, we are strengthening neural pathways that lead from our long-term memory into our working memory, where we can use our memories to think and take actions: (p. 28). Small teaching retrieval activities can promote active thoughts and have the potential to not only measure student learning, but actually improve it.

Now, let’s stimulate some engagement with the common read!

After reading Chapter 1, please share with us a simple, yet effective strategy that you currently utilize within your instruction to help students retrieve information.

Send a quick email response to isetlproposalreviewchair@gmail.com and continue to check the website for additional opportunities to interact with the common read.  In addition, our Facebook and Twitter accounts will be highlighting responses and providing openings for ISETL members to participates, as well as gain ideas from each other.