Memory

Brain-Based Learning in the Digital Age-Part Two

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How does the memory work?

When there is something that you want to remember all parts of your brain jump into action!
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Creating Strong Memories

Retrieving memories is the best way to remember something. Every time you retrieve a memory it creates a pathway. The stronger pathways you build the stronger memory you create.

Factors that help in memory!

  • Sleep
  • Balanced diet
  • Exercise
  • Challenging your brain (Brain games)

How does this information help our teaching?

Memory Deficits

  • Reading a story (Will forget 1st paragraph - when reading 2nd)
  • Multiple step problems (while working on first step forget 2nd and 3rd)
  • Class (Forget what was just said or directions given)
  • Test (May study for test, but not be able to recall)
  • Forget what they are doing when they are doing it.

How can we as teachers help?

  1. Directions in multiple formats
  2. Over - learn material
  3. Memory strategies and visual images
  4. Review information before going to sleep

Overexposure

Students brains are so overloaded with new information on a regular basis with messages, internet and games that it takes more to get them engaged.

What can teachers do to make their lessons stand out?

  • Storytelling
  • Humor
  • Games
  • Analogy
  • Metaphor
  • Movement