"Thirty days hath September, April, June, and November. All the rest have thirty-one, 'cept February..." blah blah something... whatever, February has twenty-eight, twenty-nine in a leap year.
I have a rather porous memory. Some of my friends had the gift of reading something once and it was lodged firmly in their long term memory; I had to work a bit harder than that, and even then I wasn’t always successful.
I mean, learning the capitals for all fifty states? Talk about torture. (And talk about gone. If that info’s still stored in my brain it’s hiding behind some long lost episode of M.A.S.H. or something.)
Mnemonic devices were my saving grace for everything from remembering planet names to the order of operations. It’s how I memorized the colors of the rainbow, names of the Great Lakes, and that dessert is spelled with two esses.
Having a brain that needs those connections made me a better teacher, too. Anyone can lecture from a textbook…I taught my kids tips and tricks, how to link facts together, ways to make learning personal so it’s easier to retain. The same memory glitches that made me work harder are what helped me find better solutions for the kids whose lives I touched. Including our own.
Thank goodness for those memory aids.
My post as part of Colline’s Gratitude Project.