How working and long term memory benefits to classroom and instruction implications include activity?

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Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

If I understand the question correctly, I think that enhancing students' long term memory greatly enhances classroom instruction and learning opportunities.  The primary way in which this is accomplished is that enhancing long term memory helps to build a foundation upon which more nuanced and intricate learning can be developed.  If teachers can work to develop better habits in students that strengthen long term memory skills, they are able to draw upon this constantly in their instruction.  In doing this, teachers are consistently activating prior knowledge of their students, for they remember elements that have been previously introduced to them.  When this base of understanding is activated, students are able to more actively engage in content instruction, finding more relevance to the presentation of lesson, and in the process, are able to become more involved in the learning process.  The implications of this are greater production in the quality and quantity of students work and a more worthwhile notion of process in their creation.  Being able to strengthen students' long term memory is critical in this dialectic, and bears much in terms of its implications in the teaching and learning process.

mh41602 | Student

If I understand the question correctly you are asking how keeping active benefits long term memory during classroom instruction. To keep it simple, the more of your 5 senses you use to learn, the longer you remember the experience. Its scientifically proven that if you can see, smell, touch, hear, or taste what you are learning, you will always rememeber it. Remember learning about Johnny Appleseed? Of course you do because you got to make applesauce or apple pie at the end and you got to eat it.