1: Introduction to Memory and Learning
- Understanding the importance of long-term memory in the learning process.
- Exploring the limitations of academic content retention.
- The role of memory in academic achievement.
- Overview of the seven strategies for improving memory and learning.
2: Dual Coding
- Dual Coding Theory and its application in the classroom.
- Integrating visual and verbal representations for effective learning.
- Strategies for pairing words and visuals to enhance memory encoding.
- Implementing dual coding techniques across various subjects and year groups.
3: Graphic Organisers
- The power of graphic organisers in organising and connecting information.
- Using concept maps, mind maps, and flowcharts to support comprehension and memory.
- Creating graphic organisers for different subjects and learning objectives.
4: Page Layout
- Understanding the impact of page layout on information retention.
- Optimising presentations and other learning materials for memory enhancement.
- Strategies for creating visually appealing and memory-friendly page layouts.
- Incorporating effective formatting techniques to highlight key concepts and relationships.
5: Sketch Notes
- Introduction to sketch notes as a visual note-taking method.
- Using visuals, icons, and symbols to represent information.
- Enhancing comprehension and memory through active engagement with sketch notes.
- Practical tips and techniques for implementing sketch notes in the classroom.
6: Retrieval Practice
- The benefits of retrieval practice for long-term memory formation.
- Implementing frequent and varied retrieval activities.
- Creating quizzes, flashcards, and other retrieval tools.
- Encouraging self-testing for memory consolidation.
7: Metacognition and Self-Regulation
- Exploring definitions of metacognition and self-regulation.
- Understanding the role of metacognition in memory and learning.
- Developing students' metacognitive strategies for effective learning.
- Teaching students to monitor their thinking and evaluate their learning strategies.
- Using metacognitive strategies to enhance memory consolidation and retrieval.
8: Writing to Learn
- Exploring the connection between writing and memory consolidation.
- Using writing activities to deepen understanding and retention of academic content.
- Integrating writing prompts, summaries, and reflections into lesson plans.
- Providing effective feedback to support students' writing and learning process.
9: Putting It All Together
- Reflecting on the seven strategies and their potential synergies.
- Designing integrated lessons incorporating multiple memory-enhancing techniques.
- Creating a supportive classroom environment for memory-focused learning.
- Developing a personalised action plan for implementing the strategies in participants' teaching practice.
By the end of this course, Chris will equip participants with diverse evidence-based strategies and practical tools to help their students overcome the challenge of retaining academic content. With these strategies, teachers can foster a more engaging and effective learning environment that supports long-term memory formation and enhances students' overall learning outcomes.
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