What it is
An area of student need, involving difficulty remembering.
• Establish and use home communication system and student agendas for accurate relay of homework, projects, tests.
• Use repetition.
• Frequently check with the student for understanding.
• Use graphic organizers.
• Use concise and simple instructions.
• Use computers and assistive technology (graphic organizers).
• Use Differentiated Instruction and pair verbal and visual teaching methods.
• Provide a checklist of tasks for the student.
• Teach memory strategies, like rehearsal, association and mnemonics.
• Encourage use of a calculator.
• Encourage use of notebook/scrap paper/sticky notes, so that the student doesn’t have to hold information in his/her head.
• Use formula/reference sheets.
• Teach the skill of locating information and using it with reference materials.
• Follow a predictable schedule.
• Use colour coding system for note books and notes (one colour for “how to” pages and another colour for practice/application pages).
• Use sticky notes/highlighters and a colour system for the student to locate key information and find it again.
• Consider referral to the school board psychology and/or speech and language pathology staff.Less... More...
• Use preferential seating to reduce distractions.
• Post reference material to act as an external memory aid.
• Provide extra time for tests and assignments.
• Focus assessment on concepts/application of knowledge.
• Allow calculators, dictionaries, formula sheets, definition sheets during tests.
• Allow for the retaking of unsuccessful tests/assignments to demonstrate learning of those skills.
• Provide written instruction sheets and rubrics for assignments.
• Provide templates for the student to complete for assignments.
• Chunk tests and assignments and give feedback.