Recently, I had a short twitter conversation with a teacher about eliminating formal review days before tests. I responded that I no longer give traditional unit tests, so I also no longer do traditional review days.
Instead, I give a cumulative quiz once every 4-6 school days. These quizzes are heavy on recently learned material and light on content that was taught longer ago. I use a form of standards based grading, so I use my gradebook every week to decide which older topics my kids need extra help with. Those become the items added to what would otherwise be a traditional quiz. You can read more about how I implemented standards based grading if you like.
Since I also use hybrid learning, I then work a review of the older topics into my stations. During small group instruction, I check in with students about new material and we usually practice on individual whiteboards. I mix in a few of the targeted review content as well. If you want to know more about hybrid learning, you can read these previous posts.
That’s it! No more full class periods of review. It’s almost like gaining 10-12 additional teaching days, which we can all use!