Do your students need help with remembering their lessons?Research shows that young and old children can learn metacognitive strategies. These strategies refer to the ways in which we engage in thinking about how to learn and remember new information. For example, using mnemonics to remember a content item. These help us transfer information to long-term memory. Forgetting occurs when learned information is lost from memory due to lack of mental rehearsal and use. Mental rehearsal, or self-talk, is another type of metacognitive strategy.
Teach your students to use metacognitive strategies with this checklist! Seven strategies are listed with examples, as well as the research basis. There are as follows:
Students can use this learning organizer as a job aid when trying to learn. It serves as a guide and task sheets. Two columns are left blank for students to tally their usage and make comments about whether the strategy worked or not for them. Monitor their strategy usage by conferencing with them about their student learning organizer. This can be used over and over. You'll turn your students into life-long learners by teaching them to learn how to learn!
See my blog post on memory for more information: What Educators Need to Know about Working Memory
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