Chapter 9 - True learning: the fun-fast way

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True learning: the fun-fast way


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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:
  * Before you go to sleep on the day you've been studying;    * The next morning;
  * A week later;
  * A month later;
  * 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 outstanding results.

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 changes, too.
  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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