the fun-fast way
of the day. Self-evaluation is a tool for higher thinking: reflecting,
analyzing, synthesizing, then judging.
Peer-evaluation and instructor-evaluation are also
important parts in culminating a lesson, but the most important is self-evaluation.
Another way to review is to skim over your Mind Maps or
"highlighted" notes, or both:
you go to sleep on the day you've been studying; * The next morning;
* A week
* A month
* And just
before you need to use it - or before an exam.
If you're on a one-week course with an examination at
the end, spend at least 15 minutes a night on that day's Mind Map and highlights, and at
least five minutes on each of the previous days.
Or if you're writing an article or even a book, it's
amazing how much you can recall by skimming your Mind Maps and underlined books.
And always remember to celebrate every victory - just
as any sporting achiever would celebrate. Praise the entire class effort, and whenever
possible turn that praise into a recap of the main points learned.
Putting it all together
And how does all this theory work in practice? Let's
look at four examples: an entire school that has switched to integrative accelerated
learning techniques; a high school class that has done the same for one subject; a special
foreign language project in the army; and a teacher who's made the change, with
The Simon Guggenheim School experiment
The first is an example of the great potential changes
that can come from innovative schooling. It is also a sobering example of how that
potential cannot be fully realized unless the entire social climate of a community
Simon Guggenheim K-8 School is in one of the poorest
districts of Chicago, Illinois. Nearly all families are African-American, 85 percent are
officially below the poverty line, with annual incomes between $9,000 and $11,000 and a
large proportion live on social welfare.
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