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Happy Wednesday and Happy Teacher Appreciation Week!
As most of you are neck deep in state testing, I thought about a strategy that we wish we could all utilize 24/7… that strategy of opening our students’ minds and pouring into those brains everything that we need them to know… and then add to that… that they would just simply remember everything that we have so carefully pouring into their minds! Yea… don’t we wish?
Many times it’s more like the movie (I’m dating myself here… yes, I’m old as dirt) “50 First Dates.” Anyone remember this movie? I loved it, and I will still watch it all over again like I have never seen it at all — no pun intended! Nevertheless, if you remember the plot progression of this movie, basically the leading star in the movie, in her past, was involved in an accident that left her with no working memory; therefore, each morning when she woke up, it was literally a brand new day — literally… like no recollection of the day before! Now, does that explain my analogy? As teachers, especially this time of the year, our students tend to make us feel like they haven’t remembered a single thing that we have poured our hearts and souls into teaching them. Makes you want to bang your head against the wall right? Yes, me too!
Nevertheless, I wanted to introduce you to this set of thirty-three training slides for helping students with just that — their WORKING MEMORY! In the slide presentation, I discuss twenty-five strategies and techniques that you can utilize with your students as well as model/demonstrate some of these to parents that you feel might benefit from utilizing them with their child.
This presentation is perfect for several different scenarios such as: (1) focused faculty meeting; (2) all day professional development session; (3) professional learning community (not grade nor subject specific); and maybe even (4) a PTO or Parent University Session for parents to learn how to use some of these valuable techniques!
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Working memory is part of our executive function and if often referred to as our “mental workspace” where information is stored and used for a short time i.e. a few seconds. It’s that place where we store a phone number, an address, an email address, etc.
If a student is not able to retain the information needed to solve the problem, then the student is unable to complete the task and, of course, does not feel good about it at all.
What is language processing? Several parts of language are very difficult for children with ADHD to make sense of and use successfully on a daily basis. Syntax is the set of rules of oral and written grammar. Semantics are the word meanings that influence oral and written grammar. Finally, pragmatics is the social use of language to convey thoughts and humor.
The following thirty-three presentation and training slides are an explanation of many different memory techniques and strategies that can be modeled and used successfully with students with characteristics of ADHD to help improve his/her/their working memory deficits.
This training can be used in a focused faculty meeting, an all-day professional development session, and/or a small group professional learning community.
As well, this training can be given to parents to allow them to help their children at home more successfully when studying with them or helping with homework!