Monday, October 17, 2011

Blogging for my students

I'm trying something new:  I'm writing blogs for my students on my school web page.  I'm trying this one out as a conversations starter to help them work on their memorization skills.  It's an area that we're lacking in across the board, and at a district meeting I recently attended, memorization skills are a district-wide problem.  This is the post I wrote to start them off-- what are your opinons/ what works for you as an adult?  If you have an LD, what is helpful to you?

Rhyming or Songs: We all learn the lyrics to our favorite songs.  If we can memorize this, why can't we memorize the basic facts we need to know in our classes?  Let's try creating songs in our spare time and see what happens.  Is your song good?  What type of song/ beat helps you remember best?

Association: This is another type of visualization where you can use your imagination. You can associate certain objects in a funny way to remember them better instead of remembering each object separately. This association technique helps a lot because the brain can process information faster this way.

Chunking: This where you break up a large piece of dull information into easy-to-remember chunks. You can also make these chunks interesting by associating them with color, rhythm or music.  An example of chunking is remembering a phone number like "867-5309" by using the song.

Acronym:  Acronyms are combination of letters where each letter stands for some words.  In sixth grade science, we came up with a sentence to remember the system for classifying organisms.  The example our class came up with was "King Philip Can Order French Green Stew. The first letters of the systems of classification are: K, P, C, O, F, G, S.  By using this technique, they can remember a whole lot of words better.  

Visual aids:  It has been proven that some kids find it helpful to remember a word easily when they see it written on board or paper instead of simply hearing it.  Is it helpful for you to draw a picture/ rewrite information to remember it?

What memorization techniques work best for you?  What memorization techniques should I add to our class?  Do some memorization techniques work sometimes and other times you need a different technique?

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