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how do you improve children's short term memory

In Topics: Cognitive development, Learning disabilities
> 60 days ago

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Louiseasl
Aug 22, 2010
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Hello and thank you for writing to JustAsk,

Memory can be improved by helping to learn mnemonic techniques such as "fun songs" to help memorize facts.

Also, if a child integrates learning the content using auditory, visual and kinesthetic modalities this can help to improve memory.

Fun games also are great!  

Thanks for writing!

Louise Sattler, NCSP
School Psychologist

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BruceDeitri... , Teacher writes:
Can this be done? Here's all I can tell you for sure. Educators used to dote on memorizing stuff. Today in France students in first grade learn a poem each week. Hurray for that. But our anti-intellectuals, starting with John Dewey, declared war on memorization. They want dumb, and the way to get that is to make sure nobody actually knows anything. So you are up against a climate of dumbing-down where even the teachers will say, "They can look it up." Evil words. So my answer has two parts. 1) Let's make facts and knowledge the focus of education, so that students are routinely expected to use their memories. Use makes anything stronger. 2) No matter whether a person has a good memory  or a weak memory, to some degree it's a matter of organizing information and then using every trick in the book to make it stick. Mnemonics is a science. So you help the child to learn proper study habits, underlining, review, all the stuff that Hubbard, the Scientology guy, called "study tech."  Check Wikipedia for article about this. I recommend this highly. An intelligent school would teach all this stuff anyway, if Hubbard had never been alive, but in fact there's a lot of nonsense in the schools. The Greeks and Romans were very keen on mnemonics. Also, every subject can be taught, learned, and assimilated in many different ways, some more efficient than others. Personally, I say teach the essence first, teach the easy stuff first, have fun. To be blunt, the slower the students, the smarter the presentation has to be! This approach leads to ergonomic education. Google "39: How To Teach Physics, Etc." for some thoughts on presenting material to newcomers. (Also, "32: Teaching Science")
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