SCIENCE KITS- Please place outside your door first thing Monday Morning.
YOU ROCK AWARDS- I know this time of year is very stressful for all. Please keep a look out for the great things our students are doing and add them to the list to earn a YOU ROCK Award.
Jan 6: School Wide Magazine Fundraiser
Jan 8: Data Day
Monday, Dec 7
Change of Date- Kindergarten Power meeting at 1:00
Tuesday, Dec 8
DOE Visit in PM
Preschool Field Trip
Wednesday, Dec 9
1st Grade Power up meeting at 12:15
Program for School at 2:00 in Gym
School Improvement at 3:30
PTB Program at 6:30
Thursday, Dec 10
2nd Grade Power up at 11:00
KIndergarten Field Trip
Friday, Dec 11
MIND Notes for 4th/5th grade teachers at 3:30 in Library
SMS Choir on Thursday, Dec 17 at 1:00
Brain Rules #5- Short Term Memory- Remember to repeat
- The human brain can only hold about seven pieces of information for less than 30 seconds! Which means, your brain can only handle a 7-digit phone number. If you want to extend the 30 seconds to a few minutes or even an hour or two, you will need to consistently re-expose yourself to the information. Memories are so volatile that you have to repeat to remember.
- Improve your memory by elaborately encoding it during its initial moments. Many of us have trouble remembering names. If at a party you need help remembering Mary, it helps to repeat internally more information about her. “Mary is wearing a blue dress and my favorite color is blue.” It may seem counterintuitive at first but study after study shows it improves your memory.
- Brain Rules in the classroom. In partnership with the University of Washington and Seattle Pacific University, Medina tested this Brain Rule in real classrooms of 3rd graders. They were asked to repeat their multiplication tables in the afternoons. The classrooms in the study did significantly better than the classrooms that did not have the repetition. If brain scientists get together with teachers and do research, we may be able to eliminate need for homework since learning would take place at school, instead of the home.
- Whole Brain Teaching strategies of teach-okay and mirror is based on this brain research.
- Short focused mini lessons on one topic enhance memory and learning