PD: Sense, Meaning & Memory Systems

Professional Development (PD) was held on January 23, 2013. How did our work impact your child’s learning?

If you have 2 minutes…read this:

SMS staff members:

  • reviewed information regarding the importance of making sense of new learning and that building meaning into new learning is essential in moving information into long-term memory for our students
  • through the use of iPads, explored various resources about the following information:
    • memory system ideas for the classroom
    • emotions and learning
    • making meaning
    • innovation/vividness/novelty
    • worked in small groups to create an original organizer that connected new learning of all of the concepts mentioned above to solidify meaning

If you have 5 minutes…read this:

SMS staff members participated in a shared learning experience revolving around sense, meaning, and memory systems within the classroom. Through the use of Layar, an app on the iPad, teachers chose articles, clips, and interactive websites relating to the following topics:

Shared Knowledge:

  • teachers reviewed information regarding the importance of making sense of new learning.   Building meaning into new learning is essential in moving information into long-term memory for our students
  • teachers explored the ideas about memory systems and how the brain develops short and long term ideas for memory.  In order to become part of our long-term memory, ideas must make sense and the information must have meaning.
  • staff read articles, watched video clips, and more about how knowing your learners and adjusting or implementing their interests and ideas into classrooms impacts building meaning into new learning for our students.

After reviewing the shared knowledge portion, teachers worked in small groups designing and creating an original organizer that connects new learning in order to make sense of the new information.   Organizers included representation of the following aspects of

  • Emotion
  • Sense & Meaning
  • Prior knowledge to memory
  • Innovation/vividness/novelty in the classroom

Resources:

For more information about our professional development, please visit the following district website:

http://blogs.waukee.k12.ia.us/smsprofessionaldevelopment/

 

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