Retrieval Practice for Understanding Math

Retrieval Practice for Understanding Math

In partnership with Model Teaching, an industry leader in supporting educators, this course explains retrieval practice and its relevance in math education. Model Teaching's Mission is to improve student performance by directly supporting teachers with quality content and resources. You will learn how to implement retrieval practice, add on modifications to retrieval practice, and structure specific activities to support retrieval practice in your math classroom.

3 Months Access / 1 Course Hrs
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This teacher professional development course teaches you what retrieval practice is and how it can be important to support math learning in the classroom. You will learn about how to implement the retrieval practice study method and then learn three modifications that can be used to best support the retrieval of content: spacing, interleaving, and feedback. You will then learn specific activities that can help students practice math retrieval.

The course comes with a downloadable PDF of the course content and a retrieval practice planning document to support you in the implementation of the course concepts.


  1. Utilizing Retrieval Practice Strategies in Math Course Content
    1. The video and article will provide you with an understanding of what retrieval practice is, how it is beneficial in the math classroom, and how to teach it to students and implement it in your class. The course also includes some "Reflect or Discuss" prompts to help you connect with the course content and ends with a "Try This Task" to guide you explicitly on how you might implement the ideas into the classroom.
  2. Quiz
    1. You will answer questions related to retrieval practice and memory. Quizzes are automatically scored and provide feedback on answer choice rationale.
  3. Implementation Reflection
    1. The reflection prompt requires you to plan for use of the "try this task" by either reflecting on the content yourself or discussing them with the colleague. You will then discuss a new concept you can attempt to implement in the future based on something you learned in the course.
  4. Considerations for Implementation
    1. This short statement helps you reflect on your ideas and assess whether you might be successful in your implementation.
  5. Videos and Further Reading
    1. Additional content suggestions are provided to enhance and expand your understanding of retrieval practice.



There are no prerequisites to take this course.


Hardware Requirements:

  • This course can be taken on either a PC, Mac, or Chromebook.

Software Requirements:

  • PC: Windows 10 or later.
  • Mac: macOS 10.6 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox is preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
  • Microsoft Word Online
  • Editing of a Microsoft Word document is required in this course. You may use a free version of Microsoft Word Online, or Google Docs if you do not have Microsoft Office installed on your computer. Model Teaching can provide support for this.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.


  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.

Instructional Material Requirements:

The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.

Self-Guided Course Code: T14765