USING MNEMONICS IN THE CLASSROOM 1
Using Mnemonics In The Classroom
When we think of how busy our lives have become, we all try to look for short cuts that we can use to help make our lives a little bit easier. When I think of trying to remember everything that I need to keep in my memory bank, I also try to think of short cuts or ways that I can keep those things straight in my head. When I teach elementary school aged children I try to teach specific skills in ways that they can understand and then ways that they will remember these skills for future use. When we teach and use mnemonics in the classroom, are we teaching ways that can help our children take those short cuts that are necessary to remember skills or facts that they will need to make their everyday lives easier?
Effective teachers guide students to link new information to other information that they already know and are familiar with. Teachers many times use examples from everyday life to bring in familiar experiences. Educators must take an active role to help our students help remember the material they are taught. Extensive research has been conducted to demonstrate that learning new material is difficult for many students, whether they have been diagnosed with a disability or not. Many researchers feel that mnemonics is one of the most effective ways to help students remember facts that they need to know and use in the classroom as well as throughout their adult lives.
The main purpose of this paper is to demonstrate whether or not that mnemonics is a valuable tool to use in the classroom for students with or without disabilities. We will research how effective teachers are who use mnemonics or memory aids in the classroom with their students. We will determine whether the students benefited by this instructional tool or not.
USING MNEMONICS IN THE CLASSROOM 2
Mnemonics instruction is an instructional strategy commonly used by teachers, to help improve the memory recall of students with or without disabilities. Mnemonics instruction can be useful for students across a wide range (Levin 1993) even though elementary students are not expected to recall as much information as the older grades. Mnemonics can be used in subjects like, language arts, math, science, social studies, foreign languages, to name a few. “Use of this instructional strategy does not require a wealth of additional materials or extensive planning and preparation time” (Mastropieri & Scruggs 1998). A rhyme or acronym, a very short poem or special words can be used to help individuals remember or recall things.