Memory Hooks: Curriculum Design for Long-Term Memory

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Securing learning by embedding retrieval hooks in long-term memory

About this module:

‘Learning can be defined as an alteration in long-term memory. If nothing has altered in long-term memory, nothing has been learned….’

This module centres on the principles of ‘Backwards Planning’ and draws on ‘Deans for Impact – The Science of Learning’ as a framework for a deeper exploration of the way in which memory hooks are a powerful approach to securing learning.

You will be encouraged to self-audit your curriculum and springboard into an array of practical and creative examples to apply to your curriculum model to help secure changes to the long-term memory.

This module is appropriate for all classroom practitioners.

Session One: Curriculum Intent: Backwards Planning will explore:

  • Key concept, thought process and bigger picture in relation to curriculum planning.
  • ‘Deans for Impact’ six key questions about learning and evaluate its use in supporting planning.
  • How to apply this to our personal curriculum audit.

Session Two: Long Term Memory: Practical Examples will explore:

  • Specific examples of creative hooks and explore their application in curriculum planning.
  • How to apply these, and other creative approaches to your own curriculum design.
What you will learn:
  • The role of memory hooks in designing lessons and sequences of lessons.
  • How the use of creative hooks supports both the embedding and retrieval of knowledge in long term memory.
  • How to design hooks for your own lessons.
  • How to audit your curriculum and identify opportunities to use memory hooks.