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Again, almost half of the responses were in the affirmative, but more than half of the students responded that they were unhappy with their skill level. It differs somewhat from the teacher’s perception.


The education debate reminds me of the sea as the waves of ideas come and go. We break paradigms with the desire to improve learning, but once the wave passes, we often wonder if we really improved or if maybe some of the things we gave up were the key to the success of the students. I wanted to go back to what I had done in the past, but with a different objective with this methodology.

In addition to the activities mentioned in this study, I suggest activities like crossword puzzles on key concepts without students using their cell phones, computers or devices look for the answers. It worked for me to pair students up to solve crossword puzzles competitively in class. They swapped answers, but the important thing is that they tried to remember in the first 10-15 minutes. I also recommend the “repeat back” exercise where the student repeats what he has just heard in his own words.

From my experience in this project, I believe that exercises to reinforce the practice of evocation could have a positive impact on learning. My students welcomed the methodology and showed a willingness to make efforts.

I want to invite teachers to explore this methodology in their classrooms and share their experiences through the Observatory of the Institute for the Future of Education of Tecnologico de Monterrey. I also invite you to leave your opinions, observations or suggestions in the comments section of this page.

About the Author

Romain Litvine ([email protected]) is professor of social sciences at the Prepa Tec Garza Sada campus of Tecnologico de Monterrey. He holds a master’s degree in communication sciences from UANL and a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Moscow State University.


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