Stephanie Knudsen discusses the importance of memory work.

A recent Google query for “how to memorize” turned up 2,380,000 matches. This is amazing and telling when the current view among progressive educators and our culture at large is that memorization is merely “drill-and-kill.” Without any real learning and that information can be easily accessed through available technology that memorization is unnecessary. At Trinity Academy of Raleigh, the view is different. memorization is a curricular area. Our community developed a curriculum guide that establishes purposeful expectations, prevents redundancies, and establishes clear expectations for student learning. Come see how one school developed a memory curriculum, established instructional methods, and created rubrics for assessing student progress in that area.

Stephanie Knudsen

Stephanie M. Knudsen has spent the last eight of her 20 years in education teaching rst grade at Trinity Academy of Raleigh in Raleigh, North Carolina. She has taught in Japan, North Carolina, and Virginia. Her life outside of school includes her being a farmer, lover of the great outdoors, and a reader of books.

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