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ERIC Number: EJ902008
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 22
ISSN: ISSN-0040-0599
Students Meet Wilfred Gordon: Helping Students with Special Needs Understand Their Memory
Zambo, Debby M.
TEACHING Exceptional Children, v39 n1 p24-27 Sep-Oct 2006
Understanding how memory works is important for success in school, for "all" students. One way for teachers to help students with disabilities learn about memory is to use picture books and then learn strategies. Picture books are useful for students with disabilities because these resources have moved beyond a means to scaffold early literacy learning to an acceptable pedagogical tool. A well-chosen picture book can inform students about memory because the stories in them provide examples of this abstract concept in context, and the illustrations in them can reveal hidden aspects of memory that might otherwise go unseen. This article discusses how "Wilfred Gordon McDonald Partridge"--and other picture books--can show the importance of retrieval cues and can lead to a unit on memory strategies like using keywords, acronyms, loci, imagery, and elaboration. When students with disabilities meet picture book characters like Wilfred Gordon, they will begin to understand memory as something as precious as gold. But more important, they will see a rationale for learning memory strategies to encode their precious memories and keep them accessible and real. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A