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Q:My kids seem to know something one day and forget it the next. It's like their memories are leaky buckets. They just can't hold onto what they learn. How can I help them retain things? Brian, San Francisco, CA
For an answer to this question, we turned to Frederick J. Brigham (Curry School of Education, University of Virginia), author of a recent Current Practice Alert on mnemonic strategies (DLD members can find the Alert in the Members Only area, plus a detailed Teaching Tutorial on mnemonic instruction). We appreciate Rick’s compassionate, commonsensical, and empirically-grounded response. He’s also provided some useful resources at the end of his comments.
A:Dr. Frederick J. Brigham of the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia provides techniques that teachers can use to promote retention plus resources for learning more about tackling memory deficits. He describes practice, mnemonics, enthusiastic teaching, and more. Read on!
- Organization: Helping Students Acquire Organizational Strategies—Karen Rooney
- Writing Essay Answers: An Overview of The Strategic Writing Approach—Linda Mason
- Transition 1: What Laws Affect Transition?—Jennifer Lindstrom
- Transition 2: What Services are Available?—Jennifer Lindstrom
- Transition 3: What Skills do Students Need?—Jennifer Lindstrom
- What Should We Look for in Good Reading Software?—Joseph Torgesen
- What Growth Should Kids Make on CBM Measures?—Lynn Fuchs
- What Does Responsiveness to Intervention Mean for Me?—Douglas Fuchs
- "Highly Qualified" Teachers: What Does it Mean for Me?—Bonnie Billingsley
- Curriculum-Based Measures: Are There Ways to Use CBM in Content Areas?—Christine Espin
- Phonological Skills: Which Ones Really Matter the Most?—Paige Pullen
- Self-questioning in Reading— Sheri Berkeley
- Selecting Useful Data for Teaching—Laura Berry Kuchle
- Tips for Teaching Handwriting - Linda Mason