Sticky Note Learning Tips and Tricks
How much do you remember from school? Most of us would like to have retained more information from the books we studied, our teachers’ lectures, science labs, and other educational experiences. As we immerse ourselves in the busy back-to-school season, it’s the perfect time to think about ways to help our children “make it stick” so that more of what they learn is fully integrated and preserved. If you have not heard about sticky note learning, now’s the time to think about implementing it with your children.
A recent blog post about student engagement by Ben Johnson explored the idea of how the humble sticky note can be a powerful tool to enhance learning. While Johnson focused on how teachers use sticky notes in their classrooms, parents can translate these best practices into organizational and motivational methods to use with their children.
Here are some ideas for how you and your children can use sticky note learning to help enrich their experiences outside the classroom:
- Ask your children to write down on sticky notes three important ideas that they learned from each class. At the end of the day, your children can share these ideas with you for increased retention. It could be a new tradition for dinnertime conversation!
- To help with transitions, your children can use sticky notes to mark where they are leaving off in a topic at the end of each day. Then, it will be easier the following day for your children to quickly jump in to learning again at the exact spot where they stopped.
- Johnson’s article mentions that teachers use sticky notes to encourage students. He wrote, “I find that the more specific I am with my praise, the more power it has to reinforce the behavior.” Parents can adapt this practice at home by providing “bravo!” type messages to their children as praise for meeting deadlines, achieving milestones, or conquering a challenging topic.
As an essential member of your child’s learning team, you can integrate these simple tactics into your family’s daily life so that your child has a more successful and pleasant academic experience. This type of sharing will also help to build connections between family members surrounding the topics that your child is learning, which can add a rich layer of mutual understanding to the parent-child relationship. We encourage you to implement some of these ideas, and enjoy the positive results!