Did you know that a strong working memory is one of the best indicators of academic success? In contrast, those that struggle with a weak working memory often find learning, accessing prior knowledge, and solving problems in their mind challenging. So what is working memory all about?
What is Working Memory?
- Attention (presented as the sun),
- Inner voice or inner dialog (seen as the ear)
- Inner eye or mental visualizations (depicted as an eye)
- Long term memory or prior knowledge (presented as the ocean)
How Can Working Memory Be Strengthened?
- Take my comprehensive course on executive functions and study strategies.
- Teachers and parents can think aloud (metacognition). By sharing how one uses the inner voice and visualization skills, students can learn how to use their internal dialogue and mental imagery to solve problems.
- Consider online activities that strengthen working memory and executive functioning at large: CLICK HERE.
- Talk about visualization/imagination as well as the inner voice and explain what it is to students and how they can use it to learn. If you would like to learn about my activity cards that offer discussion topics, CLICK HERE.
- Help to strengthen students' visualization skills with assessments, games, and activities. If you would like to learn more about this, check out my digital download: Teaching Visualization for Learning Bundle.
- Do fun activities and games that strengthen working memory. CLICK HERE to view some options.
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Cheers, Dr. Erica Warren
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