Chapter 9 - True learning: the fun-fast way

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True learning: the fun-fast way


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  2. A presentation format that involves all your senses and is both relaxing, fun-filled, varied, fast-paced and stimulating;
  3. Creative and critical thinking to aid "internal processing";
  4: "Activations" to access the material, with games, skits and plays, and plenty of opportunity to practise;
  5: The transfer to real-life applications and connections;
  6: Regular review and evaluation sessions; and with them opportunities to celebrate learning.

1. The best learning "state"
  Not surprisingly, each of those principles works best for an adult in almost the same way it works early in life, when learning develops quickly and easily through exploration and fun.

Orchestrating the environment

  Can you imagine a two-year-old youngster learning by sitting still on a classroom seat all day? Of course not. She learns through doing, testing, touching, smelling, swinging, talking, asking and experimenting. And she learns at a phenomenal pace.
  She is highly suggestible, and absorbs information from everything that goes on around her - her total environment.
  But once she gets past kindergarten, too often education starts to become boring. The fun disappears. In many classrooms around the world, youngsters are told to sit still, in straight rows, listening to the teacher and not exploring, discussing, questioning or participating.
  Good teachers know that's not the best way to learn. So they plan a classroom setting that facilitates easy learning. They use fresh flowers for scent and color. They cover the walls with colorful posters, highlighting all the main points of the course to be covered, in words and pictures - because it seems highly likely that most learning is subconscious. Students absorb the lesson-content even without consciously thinking about it.
  More and more teachers have music playing to establish the mood as students enter the classroom. Many use balloons and swinging mobiles to create an almost-party atmosphere.
  " The total atmosphere must be non-threatening and positively welcoming,"11 says Mary Jane Gill, of Maryland, U.S.A., formerly in charge


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