the fun-fast way
oxygen to the brain - and the brain runs largely on oxygen
Other exercises to music - such as simple
juggling and left-foot/right hand, right foot/left-hand movements - can stimulate instant
communication between the "right brain" and the "left-brain,"
as we cover in more detail in chapter 11.
Others can loosen students up - mentally and
physically: to help them relax. Canadian psychologist and astronomer Tom Wujec covers many
in Pumping Ions - Games and Exercises to Flex Your Mind.
Other activities can break the ice and help
participants get to know each other - and the talents that are available to be tapped,
inside and outside the specific setting.
Minneapolis accelerated learning trainers Libyan
Labiosa-Cassone and Philip Cassone often start international seminar sessions with a game
of "Human Bingo" (see opposite). Participants have two minutes to meet as many
people as possible.
Other activities can put you in a positive mood.
Australia's Capelli often gets his learners to:
* Sit in pairs - with
someone they've never met before - and spend 45 seconds recounting the most interesting
aspect of their background; so that each person starts the session by focusing on projects
that have been personally successful (reinforcing self-esteem).
* Massage each other's
neck and shoulder muscles to encourage relaxation.
* All sing a specially
composed Attitude song - "The Big A in my life (students spell out each letter of
A-T-T-I-T-U-D-E with their arms in time with the music)."15
Obviously the techniques will depend on whether you are
taking a regular school class, running a specific-topic seminar, or introducing an
Eric Jensen, author of SuperTeaching and
co-founder of SuperCamp, believes two core elements affect learning: they are state
and strategy. The third is obviously content. "State" creates the
right mood for learning. "Strategy" denotes the style or method of presentation.
"Content" is the subject. In every good lesson you have all three.
But many traditional school systems ignore
"state". Yet it is the most critical of the three. The "door" must be
open to learning before true learning can happen. And that "door" is an
emotional one - the
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