When Halley’s Comet appeared in 1986, professor Christy Folsom asked her fifth-grade pupils to write about how they imagined themselves in 2062, when the comet is scheduled to return.
Last year, she was invited to the reunion of her former students from a public elementary school in Oregon, United States. They talked about the comet and their “little books” that contained their predictions for the future.
Nearly 30 years had passed but they still “remembered everything,” she said.
This affirmed Folsom’s view that when students were “totally engaged” and had “extensive understanding” of lessons, they remembered them well.
Folsom is the author of “Teaching Intellectual and Emotional Learning (TIEL): A Model for Creating a Powerful Curriculum.”
She said that by using the TIEL framework, teachers could create lesson plans that would help students retain knowledge longer while developing their thinking skills and social-emotional characteristics.
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