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How can we best encourage effective learning?
If we enjoy learning, we are 8/10ths of the way to becoming good learners and great students. However If we don't or didn't enjoy ‘school’, or college and learning is seen as a 'chore', then we'll all struggle. If it is us doing the ‘teaching’ and the ‘students’ are our own children for example, then unless they have our understanding, our unconditional love and our continuing support we can actually sabotage their best efforts (as this course demonstrates).
The natural human state is to be curious about things and when we are young and innocent we all move toward things that grab our curiosity. However, we'll freeze or move away from things that make us anxious. Therefore, the best thing we can do as parents is to remove anxiety from a child's learning environment.
So as teachers, there are things we can do to help children (and adults) love learning, and there are also things we can do (albeit unwittingly through a lack of knowledge and understanding) that can hinder or stop learning in its tracks.
Those of us who are parents, we need to stop measuring and comparing our children to others (I know it's hard!). Remember that we are all unique and we all develop at different rates. All children have growth spurts and they also have brain spurts. You would not judge a child's intellectual capability based on how tall they are, or how fast they are growing. So why do we insist on, or be complicit in, comparing or 'grading' our child's ability whilst they are still developing?
Let us not forget that Einstein was a late talker, a slow learner and did very poorly at school. Many highly successful people received poor reports at school. So whatever your age, your performance at school is not a good predictor about how successful you can be. So let's take the pressure off schoolchildren and late-learners and focus on what we do well and let's stop doing the things that hinder natural learning progress.
This short course will give you some simple strategies and a better understanding of how to help yourself, your child or other adults become great learners. The course currently has one main section and this section is all about understanding what is likely to help and what is likely to hinder learning (by looking at how the brain works for example).
Further lectures will be added soon to include insights from teachers Carol Dweck, Reuven Feuerstein, and Alfie Kohn
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|Section 1: Introduction to the Course|
A short overview of the course sections
Giving you a 'flavour' about what you can expect from this course
|Section 2: Helpful Knowledge and Models about the Brain and Learning|
In this lecture learn both the importance of models (or theories) in learning and their limitations
In this lecture we look at our first simple model that can help us understand how the human brain works and how the model can predict what helps and hinders children's learning
In this lecture we look at a model that informs us about how the left and right side of the brain develop different attributes
In this lecture we look at the four main human brainwaves and their relevance to learning
|Quiz 1||12 questions|
Find out how much information you have retained about the Brain and Learning Theory
This lecture tells us why we should not believe all the performance figures we are given about our local school, our teachers and our children. Numbers and data can deceive!
A few words to introduce you to the concept of brain readiness
This lecture reviews the four stages that are required for both children and adults in order for learning to be effective (based on the research of Professor Phil Race)
Bonus Talk - Childrens (and Adults) Requisites for Accelerated Learning
This lecture reviews what we have learnt in Section 2 of the course
|Section 3: Course Review - what have we learnt?|
Preliminary Concluding Lecture - What next?
I'm a sought-after speaker, trainer, and personal development coach based in the UK with a special interest in the brain, accelerated learning and people development. My present focus is developing high quality, simple, innovative, life-skills based, video e-learning courses.
My 'MIND MAPPING - SMART WORKING' Course is currently the NUMBER ONE Personal Development course in the mind mapping niche, with more than twice the number of enrollments and ten times the number of four and five-star reviews compared to the next most popular course. A course that's genuinely worth paying that little bit extra for.
A bit of background information about me:
I've worked in schools, colleges and universities in the UK, and also in the corporate and SME sector, working with students, teachers, apprentices, managers and leaders. My background is actually in clinical science where I ran an NHS Clinical Biochemistry Department in a District General Hospital and I was also a Quality Consultant to my local hospitals and local Health Authority. I also have an active interest in Health and Healing.
Back in 1996, after training in 'mental literacy' with Tony Buzan (the inventor of Mind Mapping), I set up my own training company the House of Learning. A year later, I put some of my new skills to the test and competed in the World Memory and the World Speed Reading Championships (silver medal position in the latter). Altogether, I have 20 years experience working in the personal development sector and in the field of business leadership. I am also a teacher and practitioner of Reiki.
'Mind' Mapping - Smart Working -Creating Effective Mind Maps was my first course in this marketplace and I now also have a 'Smart Learning' and a 'Smart Speaking' course. As of December 2016, I have more than 12,000 students from over 140 countries across all my courses and I’ve just launched a brand new course “The Science of Healing". Many of my students have English as a second language.
I have three more great courses in the pipeline scheduled for Spring 2017