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Teaching Tip

From the Teacher’s Aide Newsletter

1999 Spring

Knowledge Retention, part 1

  • Another learning tool is to create stories around key points. Making up a story is creative and helps students to recall information. Encourage students to share their stories from memory!
  • To improve learning, set key points to a song that everyone knows (such as Home on the Range) and have them all sing along. After you've done this a couple of times, you can assign students to create their own songs for the class to sing.
  • When you need to cover a topic in which you are not an expert, consider the following options:
    • assign readings
    • have the students write reports on the topic
    • gather literature and discuss it in class
    • have students interview "experts" on the topic
    • assign students to make class presentaions on the topic
    • bring in a guest instructor
  • Themes can make a class (or even a series of classes) much more enjoyable and accelerate learning. Occasionally a fun theme related to a holiday or season is fine, but in general it's best to relate the theme to the content so that students can clearly see the purpose behind it.