Reading PK-3

Systems Change

Daily Review


Daily review strengthens previous learning and can lead to fluent recall. Reviewing previously learned content on a daily basis strengthens the neural connections over time that are necessary for developing expertise.

Use It in the Classroom

Watch how this teacher reviews sight words one-on-one with a student for mastery before introducing new ones. By spending a few minutes practicing previously learned sight words, the student builds her Sight Recognition and automaticity of recall. This daily review also provides helpful feedback on which words she still needs to practice.

  • Beginning lessons with five to eight minutes of review provides regular practice. For example, daily practice of Vocabulary, interweaving (formally interleaving) older and newer words, allows students to see each practiced word multiple times and as a unit rather than individual letters, thereby increasing Sight Recognition. When students do not have to decode every word, they can use their cognitive effort to focus on comprehension.
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    Learn how study apps like Quizlet allow students and teachers to create flashcards to practice content regularly. Quizlet incorporates spaced practice research to surface cards that a student is on the verge of forgetting.

  • Designing a quick review of previous concepts, layering ones learned at different times, stimulates recall of the skills and concepts that are necessary to grasp the new content. Developers can insert these reviews before a new level or lesson to support automaticity and consolidation of knowledge into Long-term Memory.
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