The Stats on Studying
How can we use data to help kids improve their memories?
As a class, students conduct an experiment to test George A. Miller’s claim that most people can only hold seven items in their short term memory. and will use statistical concepts to analyze the data they collect. In small groups, students then design an experiment to test different memory-enhancing techniques, such as chunking, using colored paper or creating a story out of the items. Students use what they learn from their experiments and data analyses to create a study skills guide to support younger students in memorizing key knowledge (e.g., spelling words, math facts). The guide students develop includes the practices that their data identifies as most effective.
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