Working memory is one of the executive function skills necessary to be successful in school – and in life. It is a thinking skill that focuses on memory-in-action. Working memory is the brain’s ability to remember and use relevant information while in the middle of an activity. Why is this important? Students with working memory deficit struggle in school and may exhibit behavior problems. In this WebRemix, Dr. Bryan Harris gives viewers an in-depth knowledge of what working memory is and how it relates to students’ classroom success and teachers’ classroom management success. He illustrates the differences between working memory and short-term memory as well as defines what exactly is held in working memory. Finally, Dr. Harris gives viewers strategies to improve working memory in their classes – specifically by reducing the cognitive load and building cognitive capacity.
ABOUT THE PRESENTER:
Bryan Harris, Ed.D. has served a classroom teacher, an elementary school principal, and a district-level director. Currently, Dr. Harris works full time as a consultant, speaker, trainer, and author. He has trained over 18,000 educators in powerful and effective strategies that increase student engagement and achievement and is known for engaging presentations and training that demonstrate relevant and practical strategies. Dr. Harris is the author of five books including the popular Battling Boredom. Dr. Harris earned his doctorate from Bethel University after studying factors impacting new teacher retention.