You can create excellent memory hooks for new knowledge outside of the classroom
By Julia Hewerdine
What aspects of memory are supported by an activity like this?
In our work with adults and children we are always looking at ways of enhancing and supporting their learning experience. A short and simple task like the one we have shown you impacts many aspects of the learner’s memory for learning the sounds needed in a spelling task:
Motor Memory: this activity emphasises the movement made when writing the sound and this will be stored as a motor memory
Visual Memory: the learner will remember seeing this letter pattern
Aural Memory: the learner is listening to the sound and remembering it to repeat it.
Episodic Memory: the learner is experiencing something unusual and the more out of the ordinary a task is the more likely it is that they will remember it.
Short term memory: the learner is being asked to remember the sounds and repeat them immediately
Working memory: the learner is being asked to remember the sound and do something with it i.e. remember the sounds and recreate the letters of the sound with a big squirt of water
Long Term Memory – Ultimately tasks like these help us to ensure new knowledge becomes secure in the learner’s Long Term Memory.
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