“No memory is ever alone; it’s at the end of a trail of memories, a dozen trails that each have their own associations.” Louis L’Amour
In my previous Tip, I mentioned my plan to create peg systems for two content areas: seven motivational techniques and six key steps in lesson plan design. Today, when I sat down to think about the associations and actions that would be relevant, I was amazed to discover that coming up with a peg system was quick, easy and a lot of fun!
The key for me was identifying the properties of the strategy or step. Once I had the property clear in my head, an action that would represent that property came quickly to mind.
Here is what I came up with in fifteen minutes:
A. A Peg System for Seven Motivational Strategies
|Hold both arms out and then bring your hands to cross over your chest, taking it all in
|Extrinsic to Intrinsic Motivation
|Raise your fist in the air and jump up, saying “ta dah!”
|Take one hand and pat your opposite shoulder
|Knowledge of Results
|Pretend to hold the lapels of a jacket and proudly swagger, swinging your body from side to side
|Pretend to juggle an orange, a bowling ball and a feather, dropping them
|Pass a hand in front of your face- when the hand goes up, put a frown on your face. [for raising concern] When the hand goes down, put a smile on your face. [for lowering concern]
|Put both hands over your heart and sing “Feelings…”
B. A Peg System for the Six LESSON Design Steps
|Cup one hand and pretend to pour something into that hand to fill it up
|Point ahead with both pointer fingers and move forward two steps [for the two goals]
|Pretend to take aim with a bow and arrow
|a. Pretend to insert a key into a lock on a door and then push the door open and enter the room
|b. Flatten both hands and repeat putting one hand over the other hand, to create a ladder effect
|c. Pretend to race a car, steering and moving ahead, saying “Whoosh!”
|Count each finger by pointing to it and touching it, saying the number out loud
|Use fingers to make binoculars and look through them, then cup a hand behind one of your ears, and finally turn around while jumping up and down [to represent three key learning styles]
|Put one arm behind your back, pretend to hold a large microscope and search the ground for clues (like Sherlock Holmes)
What do you think?
May your learning be sweet.