When it comes to interventions, we need to be sure we have the formula “just right”! When thinking of a good intervention for “at-risk” learners, remember: Honor their WORKING MEMORY and provide just the right amount of REPETITION.
Keep this in mind (each “0”= a new piece of information):
- Age 3 = 0 (Working Memory Capacity)
- Age 5 = 000 (Working Memory Capacity)
- Age 7 = 0000 (Working Memory Capacity)
- Age 9 = 00000 (Working Memory Capacity)
- Age 11 = 000000 (Working Memory Capacity)
For example, a 7 year old can learn 4 new bits of information within an intervention at a time. Go over that amount and expect for the information to be lost the next day!
Repetition (based on students IQ or performance):
- IQ 120 = 25 x’s
- IQ 100 = 35 x’s
- IQ 80 = 55 x’s
Students need WAY MORE repetition than one might think! So take your time and make sure they learn it before pushing them to memorize a concept they don’t understand.