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Tip #525: Having Fun With Peg Systems

Tip #525: Having Fun With Peg Systems

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“No memory is ever alone; it’s at the end of a trail of memories, a dozen trails that each have their own associations.” Louis L’Amour

In my previous Tip, I mentioned my plan to create peg systems for two content areas: seven motivational techniques and six key steps in lesson plan design. Today, when I sat down to think about the associations and actions that would be relevant, I was amazed to discover that coming up with a peg system was quick, easy and a lot of fun!

The key for me was identifying the properties of the strategy or step. Once I had the property clear in my head, an action that would represent that property came quickly to mind.

Here is what I came up with in fifteen minutes:

A.   A Peg System for Seven Motivational Strategies

NumberActionMotivational Strategy
1Hold both arms out and then bring your hands to cross over your chest, taking it all inExtrinsic to Intrinsic Motivation
2Raise your fist in the air and jump up, saying “ta dah!”Success
3Take one hand and pat your opposite shoulderKnowledge of Results
4Pretend to hold the lapels of a jacket and proudly swagger, swinging your body from side to sideConfidence
5Pretend to juggle an orange, a bowling ball and a feather, dropping themInterest
6Pass a hand in front of your face- when the hand goes up, put a frown on your face. [for raising concern] When the hand goes down, put a smile on your face. [for lowering concern]Concern
7Put both hands over your heart and sing “Feelings…”Feeling

B.  A Peg System for the Six LESSON Design Steps

NumberActionDesign Step
1Cup one hand and pretend to pour something into that hand to fill it upNeeds
2Point ahead with both pointer fingers and move forward two steps [for the two goals]Goals
3Pretend to take aim with a bow and arrowObjectives:
 a. Pretend to insert a key into a lock on a door and then push the door open and enter the roomKey Content
b. Flatten both hands and repeat putting one hand over the other hand, to create a ladder effectLearning Level
 c. Pretend to race a car, steering and moving ahead, saying “Whoosh!”Action Verb
4Count each finger by pointing to it and touching it, saying the number out loudAgenda
5Use fingers to make binoculars and look through them, then cup a hand behind one of your ears, and finally turn around while jumping up and down [to represent three key learning styles]Activities
6Put one arm behind your back, pretend to hold a large microscope and search the ground for clues (like Sherlock Holmes)Evaluation

What do you think?

May your learning be sweet.


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