The method of loci is a method of memory enhancement that uses visualizations with the use of spatial memory, familiar information about environment, and to quickly and efficiently recall information (Wikipedia 2018).
I have not studied this method at all, surprisingly. However, I am not surprised after reading about it that this method helps with memory and cognitive function. Based on what we know about how the brain works and how learning occurs, when people scan information mentally, memorize a picture, or mentally move around a room it helps stimulate brain and memory (Goldstein 2015). When I envisioned my childhood home many memories came back and in a sense I believe it is because I have several “flashbulb” memories associated with that home. Flashbulb memories are memories that are highly charged, emotional and shocking events (Goldstein 2015).
I believe that the Loci Method works so well because it has a storytelling aspect to it. Storytelling has long been a process for teaching and learning because it works so well. People connect with pictures and stories because they reveal strengths and allow people to view different perspectives and remember the unusual (Jonnassen & Hernandez-Serrano 2002). Stories will always help conserve memories and the storytelling method in classrooms can be seen in several different types of instruction, including problem based instruction, and constructivist learning environments (Jonnassen & Hernandez-Serrano 2002).
My implementation reflection on Project 1 is a little different than it normally would be due to it being summer. Without the 9-12 students it it hard to implement a lesson and get good, solid feedback on how the implementation will go.
In order to get some small idea, I shared my job aid with my student leadership tech team. I asked them to look over it putting themselves in the role of trainer or teacher. Then I asked them to switch roles and go through the lesson doing the activities so they would have a student perspective. Thankfully, I am able to allow them some extra credit for doing this, but after sending them the email with instructions and the document, I realized that this is perfect practice for what they will be doing the entire year. Peer reviewing lessons, how-to videos, and graphics. They will not only be the students, but their role switches at the drop of a hat to trainer and my end goal for them is for this exact process to become seamless for them.
I am still awaiting their responses for some feedback and am hopeful to get that soon so I am able to make changes and present it to our library media specialist soon.
After looking over the Job Aid, my client’s response was not what I expected at all. She was incredibly surprised and overwhelmed with the information, the layout, the design, student activities, and assessments. She commented that it what she envisioned, but just didn’t have the time or the skill to get that lesson to that point. She did mention wanting to add a teacher evaluation piece at the end for her own personal reflection. I am thinking that could be created and used for multiple lessons and is not just specific to this information literacy lesson.
My peer reviewer, Shelia, has be very helpful and I have so enjoyed working with her on this project. I believe that Sheila and my client have been a “dream team” of sorts and know that it is not often that a project like this goes so smoothly.
Overall, this experience has taught me a lot. Patience is key. Letting go of perfection is also key, because after feedback and more feedback there is always tweaking and changing happening to the live document. I know that as the new school year approaches we will make a few more changes and adapt a few things before, finally, implementing it with a larger audience.
Goldstein E. Cognitive Psychology. Stamford, CT: Cengage Learning; 2015.
Jonassen, D. H., & Hernandez-Serrano, J. (2002). Case-based reasoning and instructional design: Using stories to support problem solving. Educational Technology, Research and Development, 50(2), 65. Retrieved from https://libproxy.library.unt.edu/login?url=https://libproxy.library.unt.edu:2165/docview/218033905?accountid=7113
Method of loci. (2018). Retrieved from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Method_of_loci