Tip #525: Having Fun With Peg Systems

“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

Number Action Motivational Strategy
1 Hold both arms out and then bring your hands to cross over your chest, taking it all in Extrinsic to Intrinsic Motivation
2 Raise your fist in the air and jump up, saying “ta dah!” Success
3 Take one hand and pat your opposite shoulder Knowledge of Results
4 Pretend to hold the lapels of a jacket and proudly swagger, swinging your body from side to side Confidence
5 Pretend to juggle an orange, a bowling ball and a feather, dropping them Interest
6 Pass 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
7 Put both hands over your heart and sing “Feelings…” Feeling

B.  A Peg System for the Six LESSON Design Steps

Number Action Design Step
1 Cup one hand and pretend to pour something into that hand to fill it up Needs
2 Point ahead with both pointer fingers and move forward two steps [for the two goals] Goals
3 Pretend to take aim with a bow and arrow Objectives:
  a. Pretend to insert a key into a lock on a door and then push the door open and enter the room Key Content
b. Flatten both hands and repeat putting one hand over the other hand, to create a ladder effect Learning Level
  c. Pretend to race a car, steering and moving ahead, saying “Whoosh!” Action Verb
4 Count each finger by pointing to it and touching it, saying the number out loud Agenda
5 Use 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
6 Put 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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