"Retrieval Tic Tac Toe: A No Stakes, No Anxiety Game for Retrieval Practice" (post) introduces a quick, easy, effective, low-tech or no-tech, retrieval-practice game.
- "Classroom games – like Jeopardy, trivia, or apps – encourage retrieval. But they can also raise student anxiety when they're competitive or time limited."
- "[A] no-anxiety strategy: Retrieval Tic Tac Toe [was] [c]reated by college students [and is] adaptable for any classroom or content area. Have fun!"
- "No prep or grading required!"
- This can also be used during student presentations to increase active engagement.
B. How to Play
- "Write a tic tac toe grid on the board or project a grid on a screen."
- "Split your class into two teams."
- "Each team writes 5 questions for retrieval practice."
- "One team stands at the front of the class and asks a question. The other team collaborates to come up with the correct answer."
- "If the seated team gets the question correct, they can put an X on the grid wherever they like."
- "The teams switch. Now, the team that originally presented collaborates, answers a question, and adds an O if they are correct."
- "Continue alternating teams for Retrieval Tic Tac Toe, anxiety free!"
C. Quick Tips
"Students can create questions about previously learned content to incorporate spacing in Retrieval Tic Tac Toe."
"Questions can be short answer or multiple-choice."
"You can create a few smaller teams (e.g., 3-4 students each) and have multiple games going at once."
"Play Retrieval Tic Tac Toe at the beginning, middle, or end of class."