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Teaching Tip

From the Teacher’s Aide Newsletter

1999 Spring

Knowledge Retention, part 1

<ul><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --> <li>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!</li><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --> <li>To improve learning, set key points to a song that everyone knows (such as <i>Home on the Range</i>) 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.</li><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --> <li>When you need to cover a topic in which you are not an expert, consider the following options:<!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --> <ul><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --> <li>assign readings</li><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --> <li>have the students write reports on the topic</li><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --> <li>gather literature and discuss it in class</li><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --> <li>have students interview "experts" on the topic</li><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --> <li>assign students to make class presentaions on the topic</li><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --> <li>bring in a guest instructor</li><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --> </ul><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --> </li><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --> <li>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.</li><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --> </ul><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] -->