Effectively Teaching and Supporting Students with Low Working Memory
Research suggests that working memory is a better predictor of academic achievement than IQ so it is important that teachers identify working memory deficits, put in place support strategies and do what is possible to develop working memory.
This practical seminar will develop understanding of working memory and the impact of working memory deficits in the classroom. Participants will be familiarised with tools available for measuring working memory capacity. They will be given strategies for supporting children with weak working memory in the classroom and the opportunity to look at ways in which technology can be utilised to increase working memory skills.
Workshop overview –
Understanding childhood working memory –
- Models of working memory (verbal and visuo-spatial)
- Working memory capacity and loss, changes that occur during childhood
Characteristics of children with weak working memory –
- Indicators of weak working memory in children
- Identifying a student with weak working memory in your classroom
Tools for measuring working memory capacity –
- Tasks and tools that can be used by teachers or psychologists to measure working memory capacity
- Measure your own working memory!
The impact of working memory deficits in the classroom –
- The impact of weak working memory on various aspects of learning and socialisation
Supporting children with working memory deficits – strategies and resources –
- Strategies for reducing working memory load
- Using technology to increase working memory – apps, software, online programs
- Discussion: Can working memory in children be improved by brain training programs?