Executive Functioning 6th - Crista Ward

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We have shifted from re-organizing information for learning and study purposes to memorization strategies for study and test taking purposes. The visualization strategy can be extremely helpful, especially for those visual learners. When there is a lot of information to remember, or information comes in a narrative form, creating visualization with either a picture or a “movie” in the mind creates a reference for information. If the visualization is detailed enough, when asked to recall information for a discussion or test, the student can easily recall the picture or move and search for the information within. The next strategy, and one of the most fun to use, is the rhyme strategy. With this strategy, you use pertinent information that you need to remember to create a rhyme.  Some students used information from science to create a rhyme about the life cycle of a star. They don’t have to make sense, but they do have to be meaningful which means helping with the recall of information. It is a fun way to practice definitions and remember information about a specific topic that is easily forgettable or mundane. Today we began working with the pegword strategy. This one is the most difficult conceptually, but if students really focused on the process and understood it, it can be a very useful way to remember information. It requires students to associate a number word with a noun or verb and then relate that word to a piece of information that they need to remember by creating a visualization. For example: Forests are important for four main reasons: food for animals, shelter for animals, oxygen productions, lumber. The students would then associate a rhyming word with the number and create a visualization:

One – run – visualize a deer running through the forest looking for food = food for animals

Two – shoe – visualize a large shoe with tiny forest animals inside = shelter

Three – tree – visualize a tree with a mouth breathing in and out = oxygen

Four – door – visualize a wooden door being placed on a house that is being built in the forest = lumber

It can be very confusing at first, and it takes practice. I actually used the pegword strategy to easily recall the above example for this entry!  Once finals time rolls around in May, we will revisit these strategies as well as the previous information organization charts to help prepare ,  selecting the appropriate tools for the finals at hand.