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Introduce Information in Small Pieces


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Introduce Information in Small Pieces

If your student struggles with a challenging topic

Teach It!

  1. Objective: Presenting information in small, manageable chunks can help students more effectively process and retain it.
  2. Teacher Takeaways: a) While this strategy is beneficial for most students, it is particularly helpful for students who might be struggling. Remember that students can feel overwhelmed and shut down when they see too much at once. b) Break up lessons into small, logical pieces. When relevant, present each piece in a 1, 2, 3 point format, and check in with the student after each point. c) We know that most students can only hang on to three to seven distinct bits of information at once. If they are nervous, they can hold on to less. Let that guide how you split up the information. d) After finishing a section, decide if it is a good time for a stretch or a break. e) As you add new information, review the prior pieces for reinforcement.

Why It Works (the Science Of Learning)!

Introducing new or complex information in smaller instructional units eases cognitive overload, helps decrease demands on processing and working memory and will reduce any anxiety.

Best-suited for students with weaker: Attention, Inhibition, Short-Term Memory, Processing Speed, Working Memory (Source: Digital Promise Learner Variability Project)