When Kids Remember, Kids Learn
The brain stores critical pieces of information, forming memory. Memory is one of the brain’s great and mysterious functions. It is indispensable to all human beings. Memory is the connection in the brain that gives a human—from birth to old age—the ability to survive, endure, and persevere.
Although nothing is stored in the memory loop, memory is at the core of learning. Memory is sorted into categories. Despite this new age of massive information, memory is still not infallible. Memory causes many thinking and learning problems. The memory loop is the most important part of the brain because children need to connect and hold a sense of memory.
Helping parents to understand memory and its failure to function supports them in understanding brain strategies that will help with the malfunction of memory.
I find memory interesting because I did not think my second graders were listening to me enough. I have the same rules, the same procedures that I have probably repeated 100 times over 100 days.
Toward the end of the school year, some of the students in my own classroom whom I thought were never listening to my direction, were able to say to their peers, “She said, ‘Sit down and be real quiet.’”; “She said, ‘Put your pencil on your desk.’”; “She said, ‘Take the pencil out of your hand because you can’t listen if your hands are moving.’” It was amazing to me that they stored those pieces, those rules and procedures so that their brains could operate more efficiently.
Read Part 2 of Memory is the Core of Learning here.
This post is excerpted from my book ¡Andamio!, where you can learn more about ELL success through brain-based learning. Get your copy here.