NYT Article: To Really Learn, Quit Studying and Take a Test
There was a terrific article in the New York Times last weekend about new research suggesting that traditional tests actually cement learning as well as if not better than other learning methods. This is a challenge to more constructivist approaches that we tend to think of as more “active” or “engaged” methods for learning, like asking students to draw diagrams or pictures to illustrate their understanding. It’s an interesting read and a good reflection on the nature of teaching and assessment. What are we looking for when we give students a test? What’s the best way for a student to demonstrate what they really know? And what’s the best way for us to help students retain information for the long term?