You like it or hate it but you can not ignore it. Any idea about what are we talking? We are talking about one of the basic things required for our schooling but yet one of the most ignore, Memory! The paradox of education is that we emphasize on cognitive skills, like understanding, analysis, application or evaluation but we never talk about the basic cognitive skill of memory. In spite of the fact that our country’s education is based on the Bloom’s Cognitive Taxonomy and the first step of the taxonomy is remembering or knowledge.
We expect students to mug-up or learn some things and when the student complaints that s/he is not able to learn any particular thing, then sing the jingle that we have been listening since generation, ‘keep repeating and it will happen..’ But in reality the answer hardly even serves quarter of the requirement. The result is that the things student is able to learn for the exam days of a session, gets vanish after that period and we get another topic to complain.
We need a solution to this challenge and the first step towards it’s solution is to acknowledge that there are many things in our education system that we can’t simply ‘understand’, we need to remember them and hence we need memory. The second step would be to work over different techniques to remember things or memory techniques. At S.D. Public School, Pitampura, we worked over both of the steps or rather majorly over the second step as need of memory with students is well accepted.
The session was based on the Peg System of memory, where we taught students to knit different unique stories in order to remember different crucial and important things. Other than these with the 120 students of class VII, we also share the mechanism by which mind remember the things and how they should peg the things to their mind. We shared the technique to remember numerous words, their meanings, authors with respective books, date and events and finally the long answers. The session was not only full of learning but was also filled with fun and the students wanted more and more. In the words of coordinator ma’am, ‘You have shown us, learning can really be fun filled!’
We express our deepest gratitude to the management of the school for giving us such an amazing opportunity. We also thank the students for sharing their precious time with us and showing an unfathomable participation.