Gathering data

My next question is how best to collect interim data? Clearly the point is long term retention of learning. Yet I am unsure of the best method to monitor ongoing results.
Arguably I could do so through basic fact testing and spelling testing, but it am far more interested in the cross curricular applications.

Possible methods:

Ipad memory game app….measure ongoing performance
Align results with ongoing basic facts testing.

Use memory game.

Measure ability to recall writing ideas.

Have a comparison group who are not receiving the same assistance: treat as a control group.

Whilst this is part of my teaching as inquiry project, I still wonder about the ethics of this.

Yes it is something that I am required to do, and that will be done with the appropriate levels of confidentiality. It is also something I have done in a vastly more informal matter.

To address this quandary I will only share percentages with results and use pseudonyms. I will not identify the size of the control group or the group I am focused on.

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The Power of Testing Memory Basic Research and Implications for Educational Practice Henry L. Roediger, III, and Jeffrey D. Karpicke Washington University in St. Louis

The Power of Testing Memory Basic Research and Implications for Educational Practice Henry L. Roediger, III, and Jeffrey D. Karpicke Washington University in St. Louis

The Power of Testing Memory
Basic Research and Implications for Educational Practice
Henry L. Roediger, III, and Jeffrey D. Karpicke
Washington University in St. Louis

A question about retention…

Throughout the world there are students who struggle with their school-based learning, despite multiple interventions in place. Yes there are always elements of poverty, genetics,  home-life, social interaction and what habitus they bring with them to school. However to simply put the struggle down to any one of these things is irresponsible and deficit theorizing. The best place a teacher can start from is examining their own practice.

After discussion with a colleague I have begun to wonder whether a part of this issue stems from a lack of ‘memory fitness’ of sorts. Is the underlying issue in the context of school that the students are getting the results into their short term memory but something blocks it from moving into the long term memory? Are  there exercises that can be used to develop the ability to shift short term memory to long term?

My question therefore is: how can memory exercises be used to improve long term retention of strategy and number knowledge and what evidence can support this?