The Retention Toolkit #1 : Retrieval Practice

klsgfx-Swiss-Army-Knife-2The Retention Toolkit is a series of posts describing research based tools which help improve long-term knowledge retention.

Imagine the following scenario: You are presented with a Swahili-English word pair list to study for a fixed amount of time. An hour later, you have a choice: You can either re-study the list, or use a blank sheet of paper to attempt to recall all the word pairs you can. You will be tested on this material in one week. What should you choose?

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Plato’s Homeschool of the Forms… and My Homeschool in the Cave

plato and aristotleI will regularly refer to the Homeschool of the Forms and the Homeschool in the Cave. Are you familiar with Plato’s Land of Forms? It is in that lovely place that the Homeschool of the Forms can be found. Let me explain.

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The 30 Minute Miracle You Can’t Afford to Leave Out of Your Day

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See that afternoon dip? That’s the nap sweet spot.

 

Good news! I’m not going to tell you to exercise!

Picture this: You have finished up your lunch and clean-up routines with the kids. Since we’re living in Plato’s Homeschool of the Forms, you read poetry at lunch time and your kids begged for you to let them use a particular poem in tomorrow’s copywork. And no one spilled water on your teacher’s guide for math. Now, you tuck the toddler into her bed for a nap, and you announce to your older children that it’s DQ Time (Down and Quiet). This routine has been in place for months now, so they immediately find a comfortable spot to lay down- either with a book or with nothing at all, and you officially clock out of mothering for 30 minutes.

How can you best use your break? An exercise video? A chapter of a novel? A bit of screen time?

A nap.

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