It's easy to get caught up in the race to ensure curriculum is 'covered' by the end of the year. However, this does not guarantee that the appropriate learning takes place. In order for new information to make its way into long-term memory, students must be able to answer two important questions: "Does this make sense?" and "Does this have meaning?". According to Sousa and Tomlinson; "...of the two criteria, meaning has the greater impact on the probability that information will be stored." (Differentiation and the Brain). This strategy allows students to develop a concept map which connects the dots between what they are learning and how it's relevant to their lives.