Monday, March 12, 2018

Ed Week's Classroom Q&A Response Highlights Memory Scaping as a Learning Strategy

Donna and I describe memory scaping as a means of helping students retain information about social studies in responding to Education Week as a part of the popular Classroom Q&A with Larry Ferlazzo.

The question for this blog post was: "Are there curricula or strategies I can use to make social studies exciting to my students?"

Memory scaping is one of more than than 100 strategies that we have developed for use in the classroom. Memory scaping uses the power of location and movement, as well as episodic and sensory learning systems, to increase student engagement, attention, and recall of content.

In our response, we linked to a video clip, in which Donna shows the memory scaping strategy in action. She used this strategy to teach the Battle of Waterloo, physically moving to various parts of the room as she described the different armies and aspects of the battle. Not only does this strategy make the presentation more lively and fun, it also adds students in their recall of the elements being taught.

One of the greatest benefits of this retention tool is that it increases students' confidence since they are able to recall what they learned in such vivid detail.

We invite you to read the entire post at the Education Week blog.

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