Thanks to everyone for entering the giveaway! Our five winners of the $10 TpT gift cards are Diva S., Nikki R., Cindy B., Bryn B. and Santha V. Look for an email coming soon from Becky over at the Family and Child Development Lab with your gift cards!
Congratulations to Cassandra M. who won my Sight Word Warm Ups. Check your email as I already sent them to you :)
I also wanted to say congratulations again to Becky from Family and Child Development Lab for reaching a milestone and putting this celebration together!
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So now that you know all about the greatest website for teachers (in my humble opinion) it's time to give away some money to go shopping! I'm helping my friend Becky over at the Family and Child Development Lab celebrate 1,000 followers with a big celebration! We are giving away $10 TpT gift cards to several winners.
I'm also giving away a copy of my latest product, "Winter Sight Word Warm Ups"! This includes 100 pages of fun sight word review (a $10 value). Enter to win below or grab them on sale for 50% off for a limited time! You can also grab a free sample here!
1. Make Connections to Prior Knowledge - When you are working to get information from short-term to long-term memory it is helpful to connect the new information to something that is already in your long-term memory. This way the new information is attached to something and not just floating around by itself. Remember we don't just want long-term memory storage but also retrieval! Ask your student what they already know about the topic and then look for creative ways to connect the new information to their prior knowledge.
2. Multiple Means of Exposure - All students learn differently. Some students are visual learners, some auditory, some kinesthetic. If you present the new information in a variety of ways, you will increase the likelihood of it "sticking". Use #3-7 as examples.
3. Draw a Picture - Help students visualize the new information by organizing it in a picture.
4. Put it to Song - One of my favorite ways to memorize! Remember we want to connect to prior knowledge so it works well to use a familiar tune such as, "The Farmer & the Dell", "London Bridges", or other short, catchy song and come up with your own words. Here is an example of changing the words to the familiar song B-I-N-G-O, "There was a President who resigned and Nixon was his name-o, N-I-X-O-N, N-I-X-O-N, N-I-X-O-N, and Nixon was his name-o." Here's a link to my favorite multiplication songs!
5. Make it Rhyme - "30 days hath September, April, June and November..." need I say more?
6. Act it out - Act out the sequential order of an event that took place in history or act out a multiplication fact by making the shape of the numbers with your body.
7. Make it Hands-On - Use manipulatives to help memorize. If it's a math fact you are memorizing, write it out with magnetic numbers, write it in shaving cream or sand, build it with Unifix cubes or Wikki sticks. If it's a phrase your memorizing like a Bible verse, write it out and cut it into a puzzle, then try to put the puzzle together in the correct order.
8. Repetition - I'm sure we can all think of a least one annoying commercial where a phrase is repeated over and over! You know, the one you can't seem to get out of your head and it drives you nuts! While they are annoying, they do stick! If you want information to make it to long-term memory it needs to be practiced and repeated.
9. Be Realistic - Know your learners. Some students will be capable of memorizing more than others. Some students will need to memorize smaller chunks of information at a time. Don't overwhelm a child or they may give up. Don't make it work and don't use memorization as a punishment (i.e. you didn't turn in your homework on time so you are going to memorize all the due dates for the rest of the year).
10. Make it Fun - Memorizing can be a difficult and boring process especially when repetition is involved. Try to make it fun and interesting by writing a funny song, practicing it several different ways, breaking it into chunks, and offering rewards.
I hope you found this list helpful! If you have other mnemonic devices that you found success with please share in the comments below. Thanks!
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