Identified as Having a Weak Working Memory?
Memory Aids: To-dos, Tricks & Techniques
Last week a parent and another teacher both asked me for any “memory strategies” that might be useful at home and in the classroom.
… Here you go!
Memory strategies to use in the classroom:
- Relate a new concept to something you already know: When you activate prior knowledge the information becomes more meaningful
- Explain a concept to someone else in your own words
- Organize facts/concepts into units that make sense
- Visualize facts/concepts. Make the picture as creative, colourful, silly or as ridiculous as possible
- Movement – you may need to activate (e.g. chew gum, walk and learn, walk and rehearse)
- Elaborative Interrogation: 1) Read fact 2) Turn the fact into a why question 3) Answer the question
- Webbing, Mind-mapping
- Mnemonics – teacher or student generated
- Acronyms – teacher or student generated
- Linking/Chain Method – link/associate consecutive pairs of items (vivid, unusual, interact)
- The House Tour Method
- Make Board Games as a review at the end of a unit
- Rehearsal – simple repetition
- Review concepts/ facts ASAP
- Pair up with a buddy and practice/consolidate
- Paraphrase as you read. Take notes in the margins, underline, highlight (colour code) and make notes on a Post-It (e.g. SEEDS). Stop & Talk. Act it out.
- Practice active listening skills
- Use Learning Logs
(For Study Strategies see my last post: http://bit.ly/9Csxtm)