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  1. Strategy Overview
    Strategy Source
    Daniel T. Willingham, Why don’t Students Like School?

    What is This Strategy Source About?
    "Why Don't Students Like School" explores nine easy-to-apply approaches to engage students in the classroom by explaining to teachers how their students think and learn through emotion, memory and more.

    What is this strategy about?
    We try to teach through meaning so pupils really understand. But what do you do when you need pupils to remember something that has no meaning? This method may seem old school, but it’s effective. And there are more mnemonic strategies than you think!

    What are Mnemonics?

    Mnemonics is a learning technique and memory aid tool used to help learners remember and recall larger amounts of information. It makes remembering information easier by associating the information with something else. This can be in the form of a song, rhyme, acronym, image, or a phrase.

    How do I put this into place in my classroom?
    This strategy has the potential to be overused. Within the 6 week period, plan for a few instances where you will break something into a mnemonic (be it spelling, concept, series of events) and test pupil recall and understanding of it.

    Click here to learn how to use Spelling Strategies to help students see the links between words to aid spelling. 
  2. Choose this strategy if you want to...
    - Aid memorisation of things with no meaning/reason (e.g. spelling of “necessary”)
    - Impose order on a set of material
    - Have fun in creating memory aids by allowing the pupils to do it

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