By exploring all five memory lanes, teachers can help students retain information and perform better on different types of assessments.
It is fifth-hour English class. We have just graded one of the grammar assignments. I count the number of possible answers and decide how many points each is worth. I instruct the students to take one and one-half points off for each incorrect answer, to subtract from 100, and to put the grade on the top of the paper.
Initially, silence prevails. Suddenly, I hear a wave of conversation. I look up from my plan book and watch my students struggle to figure out how to multiply fractions. "You have studied fractions, haven't you?" I ask. Some students shake their heads, some shrug their shoulders, and some look at me as though they haven't a clue.