The Trouble with KISSing and Other Mnemonic Devices

Christy Danko Graybeal, Tricia K. Strickland


In this article, the authors share research on the use of mnemonic devices in mathematics in-
struction. In particular, they address the following questions: What are mnemonic devices? What are their benefits? What should teachers be cautious about? How should mnemonic devices be used?

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