Try the following exercise, without scrolling down the page! Give yourself 30 seconds to attempt to memorize the following display of 15 symbols. After 30 seconds, look away and write down as many, in order, as you can remember. Then check your accuracy.
How well did you do? If you got all 15 correct, you may have the makings of a memory champion! You should be quite pleased with yourself. Most of us, though, don’t do all that well. We need our information to be chunked in order to remember it better. Now try the following exercise, with the same approach – 30 seconds to memorize, look away and write down as many as you can.
Here’s a list of some of my favorite, simple ways to add processing time with any content:
- Silent written reflection
- Draw a symbolic representation
- Write a one-sentence summary
- Create a slogan for our content
- Sort info and name the categories
- How would your fav celebrity summarize this?
- Compose a #hashtag
- Create a quiz question and answer
Before your next virtual lesson review your plan and check to see if you have chunked the content, allowing processing and interaction every 3-5 minutes. Not only will you increase your student engagement, you will increase student outcomes!