A mind at a time
The biggest drain on a child’s memory in school is due to the amount of information they are expected to retain at such a young age. If a child’s home life is not going well this causes distractions that carry over into school. At home and school they become distracted and cannot remember simple tasks and are unmotivated to complete them.
In school topics such as spelling, history dates, math procedures etc are all thing that get crammed into a child’s mind. Vastly more extensive and strenuous use of memory is required for school success than is needed in virtually any career you can name. Levine also says that during your child’s school years the pressure on memory intensifies across the curriculum without any letup (91).
Signs and symptoms that might make a parent or teacher suspect a child of having problems meeting the memory demands of school include being unable to absorb information at a normal pace, they may become increasingly frustrated and disinterested with studying or school work, and they are easily distracted.
A sign that a child is lacking automatization would be if they take a long time to think about a basic thing they learned years before. Parents can improve automatization by always drilling the basics. The more practice the better.
Memory problems can cause a student to seem disorganized. They may go off topic and become distracted because overall they may have forgotten what they were doing or what question they were answering. We can help this by teaching children strategies to help them remember. They can learn to identify important facts and paraphrase information.
There are varied roles of language in school. Language is a close partner to memory and is the raw material for which concepts are shaped. Outside of school language is used to communicate. This may be used through speaking to friends, listening to a coach during a sports practices, or...
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