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The 28 Day Memory Challenge: Rhyme & Reason

24 May

So Here’s The Challenge:

  1. Watch this video
  2. Attempt the experiment for 28 days…(check out this video here: Matt Cutts: 30 Day Challenge )
  3. See if I can memorize all the students names in the school by using different techniques or strategies.
  4. Research and blog about it.

Day Zero:

So why this challenge? If your asking my wife she would tell you about the time I forgot the date to our wedding anniversary, and if you are asking my sisters they would tell you about my traditional phone calls to remind me of birthdays and important dates (that includes the wedding date!!). The list of forgotten memories is long and it is past due for me to start relying on my own memory instead of loved ones.

Jeremy Foer (video above) amazed me. He got me to imagine and memorize things that I never knew to be possible. With a clear mind and a little bit of confidence I was ready to make an attempt at ‘fixing’ my brain. In order to make this challenge attainable I thought that memorizing 300 students first and last names would be an attainable goal (enter laugh track/sarcasm sign here). So am I really memorizing 300 kids names? Well technically…no. I averaged that I probably know about 60 students names already. That number varies depending on how much coffee I have left in the tank or the amount of hours I played on my computer the night before.

If forgetting my anniversary wasn’t enough reason their is always the motivation you have as a teacher. Is there any feeling worse than when you have to ask a student what there name is when they know what yours is? Sure I have mastered the language of ‘horrible memory’ and you will catch me using terms such as:’hey buddy’, ‘hows it going man’ or my personal favorite ‘whats up yo?’. All are in a my repetoire and replace the real names that were given for these children by their parents. Another covering agent is the nickname. I am a big fan of the nickname, which is probably my saving grace a lot of the time. At the beginning of the year teachers will decide on good nicknames for the students, and as a team will come to an understanding (usually in the hallways when we catch one another screaming set nickname at student)on what nicknames will work for certain students. I am always on the front lines calling out names and fighting for bragging rights. The kids love getting nicknames and the teachers love making them even more, but I don’t want to sit in on the parent-teacher meeting when the teacher has to ask the parent “which one is yours again” and “what was your son/daughters name?” This is not reality for some and for others it is not a stretch of the imagination. To think that it is easier to give a nickname then it is to memorize the real thing is horrifying me and so I am making it a point to remember not only the nicknames, but the names that came before them. Here’s hoping.


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