What Do We Know? Cognitive science supports what teachers know by experience -- Immediate feedback strengthens learning and memory patterns.

What's the Impact on Learning? While Brain-Target Six is the last stage of Brain-Targeted Teaching®, each stage of the model includes evaluation activities. The goal of evaluation is to provide students with relevant feedback about their performance so that the student can adjust learning habits and the teacher can make sound instructional decisions. Brain-Targeted Teaching® supports the use of an evaluation measure for each objective and activity.

What Can Teachers Do? Brain-Target Six encourages teachers to align learning objectives, instructional activities, and evaluation methods while condsidering other brain targets. In addition to using selected-response test items such as multiple choice, matching, and true-false, teachers include constructed-response assessment activities such as performance tasks, exhibitions, projects, and portfolios. Constructed-response assessments measure the kind of student performance promoted by Brain-Targeted Teaching® that typically is not measured well by selected-response test items. And teachers use scoring rubrics, keys, checklists, self-evaluations, and reflections to measure what students know, perform, and construct to demonstrate content standards in constructed-response assessments.

 

Additional Resources: Brain Target 6

Article: The Critical Importance of Retrieval for Learning, Karpick & Roediger(2008)- The results of the research highlighted in this report demonstrate the critical role of retrieval practice in consolidating learning.

http://www.sciencemag.org/content/319/5865/966.full