The Power of Memorization in Teaching

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The Power of Memorization in Teaching

You are braver than you believe, Stronger than you seem and Smarter than you think. A. A. Milne (Author of Winnie-the -Pooh) Children thrive on inspiration. Actually, everyone is touched by words, good or bad. Think about your own experiences and how words have affected your direction in life. I remember when I was going…

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Fancy Nancy’s Favorite Fancy Words Book Review

Fancy Nancy’s Favorite Fancy Words: From Accessories to Zany by Jane O’Conner Fancy Words equal a  scintillating vocabulary. As a teacher, when I spot appealing books that also are teaching tools, I’m hooked! There is one word for each letter of the alphabet. What I love about this book is the appropriateness for a broad…

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Lafcadio by Shel Silverstein Book Review

Lafcadio, the Lion Who Shot Back by Shel Silverstein Lafcadio, is my favorite read-aloud book. Every year when school starts, I pull out my well-worn copy of Lafcadio, dust it off, and read the first chapter to my excited third graders! They are hooked! They want me to continue but I stop for the day.…

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5 More Journal Writing Prompts

Here are 5 more inspiring writing prompts to get your students thinking…. 1. “Don’t judge a book by it’s cover.”  What do you think that means?  What about judging people by the way they look? Write about a time you thought bad things about someone and it wasn’t true. 2. “To me, the greatest pleasure…

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Journal Writing Prompts for May

Journal writing is the best way to teach students to express themselves. It’s short, to the point and if there are thought provoking questions, children  are inspired to begin the habit of writing a few sentences. With time, the sentences become paragraphs and children are aware of their opinions. When I was teaching, writing a…

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Easy Ways to Remember Division Vocabulary

It’s hard to remember the meaning for divisor, dividend, quotient. I’ve come up with rhymes and pictures to simplify the vocabulary and make it easy to recall. It’s hard for students to remember which is which. Try this rhyme to memorize the definition of “Quotient”. Quotient – “Kwo-shunt” What a funny word, The answer to…

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Magic Triangle for Distance, Speed, Time, Word Problems

Math Magic Triangle

Use the Magic Triangle for Distance, Speed, Time, Word Problems I love this visual for solving distance (d), speed (s) and time (t) word problems. This image is easily remembered and it’s simple to use. Have students draw a triangle and put in the letters in alphabetical order.  Add the multiplication sign and try some…

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Geometric Shapes Song

Geometric shapes

Geometric Shapes Song Songs are an amazing tool to use in teaching, as most of you know. The rhythm and melody are a natural way for the brain to remember. This song to helps  children remember the names of common geometric shapes. I immediately added it to my list of memory tips and made it available…

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Memory Tips Improve Math Skills

BLOG Post 10/28/13 – Memory Joggers Products – Just to Clarify

I thought I’d write this blog to help visitors understand the differences between my products. As you know, I’m a teacher and I developed all of my products while working in the classroom. I could tell first-hand how well they worked. When I retired I started my business, Memory Joggers, to share my success with…

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Kingdom of Gallon – Learning Liquid Measurement

Free E-book to Learn Liquid Measurement

The Kingdom of Gallon is one of the most popular sections in my best-selling book Memory Tips for Math. The reason it’s so popular is because parents and teachers find it is the best mnemonic for learning liquid measurement. It uses a story method and the student draws the components while listening to the story.…

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