I had the opportunity to attend “Making Lasting Memories: Using Brain Science to Boost Memory, Thinking, and Learning” (check out the "The Brain and Learning" link under Other Conferences) which consisted of several brain researchers sharing the latest brain science and its implications on student learning. In his session,“How Do We Learn,” Dr. Arthur P. Shimamura shared his MARG acronym to remember the four basic principles of efficient learning. Below you will find a synopsis of the brain science (as best as I understood it) as well as practical strategies to use in the classroom.
- being enthusiastic and interested in the topics we teach
- being playful, entertain
- making connections with students’ real life experiences
- being as “hands on” as possible
- Provide an overview of the lesson or the bigger picture. Use learning targets to help students attend to what is important and review them at the end of the lesson.
- Direct students to relevant information. Explicitly tell them “This is important!
- Make goals specific. Tell them what they are to learn/know.
- organizing concepts by comparing and contrasting
- relating classroom concepts with real-world situations
- having students say it in their own words by writing it down
- having students tell someone else
- having students think about how one concepts relates to another
Taken from: https://umanitoba.ca/student/academiclearning/media/Summary_of_SQ3R_Reading_Strategy_NEW.pdf