Donnalyn Yates, retired elementary school teacher is the CEO of Memory Joggers. She has a Masters degree in Education from Claremont Graduate University. She is a popular speaker at teacher conventions and serves as an educational consultant.
Her learning systems include:
Multiplication & Division Learning System
Addition & Subtraction Learning System
Memorizing States & Capitals Learning System
Memory Tips for Math Book for K-5 Math
Kid's Writing Journal - Writing Prompts to Stimulate the Imagination
Thought for the Day Teacher's Edition - 365 Writing Prompts to Challenge Students to
I remember my first year as a teacher. I'd been hired 3 days before school started and my classroom of 32 students were all the kids with learning challenges and problems the other teachers didn't want in their classes. That year was frustrating because they weren't remembering their multiplication and division facts. I had always been interested in how to train the brain to remember, so I came up with the idea of giving each digit a symbol and developing stories and a picture to go along with it. I put them on large cards with a picture on the front and the story on the back. The kids loved it! Suddenly all of them were engaged and were remembering not only multiplication facts but division as well. For example, 7 x 9 = 63, Seven is a boy named Kevin and nine is Nina the porcupine. They found a tree to climb but it was covered with sap. It was a "sticky tree" which rhymes with 63. 2 months later I tested them on all their facts, from 0-9, multiplication and division and instead of having 10% of the class knowing the answers, I had 98% as a class average. Wow! It was then, I decided to share this idea with other teachers and Memory Joggers was born. The next year I added a different rhyming system for Add/Subtract facts and it worked too! It's been fun developing products to help children remember important information like memorizing states and capitals. Keep watching for new ideas!