Podcast 56: Unlocking the Benefits of Retrieval Practice

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Joshua McGovern has been working with Teacher Toolkit since March 2018. He is responsible for our Soundcloud and iTunes channels and is the production manager for podcasts. He has a degree in Music Production and is a graduate of Leeds Beckett University. Aside from working...
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How can teachers use retrieval practice better in the classroom to enable students to improve their memory?

Our 56th interview is with Dr. Pooja Agarwal, a cognitive scientist and teacher. Pooja started her education career teaching 4th and 5th grade and now teaches college students in Boston at Berklee College of Music.

Listen to the podcast (36 minutes)

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In this podcast, our 32nd women-in-education podcast, listen to Pooja and Teacher Toolkit founder, Ross McGill discuss:

Powerful Teaching

  • Pooja’s education upbringing and background
  • Explain how a non-musician manages to teach at a music school
  • The concept of ‘retrieval practice’ and why it was her PhD focus
  • How retrieval practice effects Pooja’s music students and how and where they naturally apply it: “Use it or lose it!”
  • How technology has given teachers access to digestible neuroscience research
  • Pooja’s new book ’Powerful Teaching: Unleash the science of learning’
  • The challenges American teachers face in 2019 and tips to help teachers be more effective
  • Which thought leaders that have influenced her and where she goes to inspiration
  • The challenges faced by women in STEM and the ’leaky pipe’ concept and,
  • Offline, we also talk about the possibility of Pooja visiting the U.K. in 2020…

You can follow @PoojaAgarwal on Twitter and discover more about her on her website

You can also discover Pooja’s excellent platform to support educators, www.RetrievalPractice.org and purchase of her excellent book, Powerful Teaching!

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