Retrieval practice may appear to be the latest buzzword in education, but is in fact a very powerful learning strategy.
Filled with evidence-informed ideas to support all teachers and leaders across all grade levels, Retrieval Practice: Research and Resources for Every Classroom is an extremely practical book written by a teacher in the classroom for teachers and leaders in schools. Jones combines educational research with examples of how retrieval practice can work inside and outside of the classroom.
Retrieval practice is a vital element of the science of learning. Understanding how children learn is essential for all educators from first year teachers to more experienced teachers and senior leaders.
The educational research is presented in a format which is accessible, useful and informative and will help inform educators about cutting-edge research in a comprehensive, clear and applicable way.
The practical resources are adaptable and ready to be implemented in any classroom to support and enhance teaching, learning and long-term memory.
About the author
Kate Jones is a Teacher of Humanities, History specialist and teacher of Politics. She is Head of History at the not-for-profit, leading co-educational and non-selective school The British School Al Khubairat. She has achieved SSAT Lead Practitioner. Former GCSE examiner. Writer, blogger and award winning international educational speaker and presenter.
Reviews‘Translating evidence into practice, Kate has succeeded in making research a social process for students, teachers and leaders. We all know the importance of “best bets” and what strategies are most likely to work; we also understand that the evidence on retrieval is overwhelming. What the profession is starting to appreciate is that research should supplement teacher expertise, not supplant it. Kate is a practicing teacher and leader, faithfully adopting and intelligently adapting the science to suit her students in her classroom. Kate explains and contextualises the evidence. She gives insights that will be invaluable to students on how to use retrieval practice in their studies, practical advice for teachers for their classroom and implementation advice for senior leaders. If you love to teach and want to be the best teacher you can be, this is the book for you!’