A Look At Information Processing
What is memory?
Memory is essential to all our lives. Without a memory of the past we cannot operate in the present or think about the future. Without memory we could not learn anything.
There's a 3 Part Stage Process and It Goes Like This...
Now, let's take a closer look!
*We use our five senses for this: sight, smell, hearing, taste and touch.
*We are more likely to pay attention if there is an interesting feature or known pattern.
*As learners we must attend to this stage in order to move to the next.
Short Term Memory
*Relates to what we are thinking about at any given moment.
*Usually lasts around 15-20 seconds; but, if there is maintenance rehearsal, it could become available for around 20 minutes.
*A small number of units can be processed at any one time, usually between two and seven.
*With that variability, it is necessary to point out important information.
*Organization and Repetition are important concepts for retaining information.
Long Term Memory
*This is the process of taking information and storing it for long periods of time.
*Memories are found in different areas of the brain.
*These memories can be triggered in a variety of ways.
Using This In Our Classrooms
*Gain the students attentions-Have signals for when you are ready to begin.
*Point out Important information-Handouts or smartboards
*Show students how to use coding for memorizing lists-The SILLIER the better!
*Bring to mind prior learning-ALWAYS REVIEW!