In our study group on the adolescent brains, we learned in the article “Teaching & the Adolescent Brain” (Schenk) that learning happens with “consolidated learning connections”.
Our 756-Word Campaign (to close the vocab gap) hits these 5 components of learning. Thank you for your suggestions so far:
- Acquisition of stimuli (when new words are introduced, patterns result,
- Neural connection (made via connecting new to background knowledge when students draw or write their own definitions),
- Consolidation (created by the stability of repetition, writing in notebook),
- Dynamic relationships (when students hear and use new words across the curriculum,
- Retrievable memory (as students see words on word walls in hallways and classrooms).