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