NLP - Neuro Linguistic Programming
And how it can improve learning
It's now fairly common knowledge that each one of us learns in a
different way. Some of us are strongly visual: we learn best by
"seeing" color pictures, videotapes or graphics. Others of
us like to hear information – and we might be able to learn best
while listening to music. And a large percentage of the population
is kinesthetic. They learn best through physical movement
Some researchers write this in shorthand – VAK for visual,
auditory, kinesthetic – and say that good teachers will
incorporate all those "modalities" in all classroom
activities. Those researchers include Richard Bandler and John
Grindler, who have led the research into Neuro Linguistic
Programming, or NLP.
NLP practitioners also say most learning is subconscious;
and it is therefore vital for teachers to consciously orchestrate
subconscious learning in their classrooms.
At its simplest this could mean placing
"peripherals", such as posters, paintings and graphics,
around a classroom to emphasize main points on any subject; and then
to organize games so that students will sit in different positions
during the day. In this way they will absorb key information
subconsciously from the "peripherals".
In the latest edition of the world's best-selling book, The
Learning Revolution, co-authors Gordon Dryden and Dr. Jeannette
Vos include a summary of the main principles of NLP in their chapter
on learning styles and multiple intelligences. Their entire book is
also designed with a unique format to enable teachers to create
their own posters. Each left-hand page of the book is a "poster
page". Teachers, and students, can reprint any page on a color
printer – reversing the type for printing on colored backgrounds.
But the authors have gone even further. They have
summarized the entire book in a series of Powerpoint color-slide
presentations, and produced these on a full CD-ROM, for both Windows
and Apple Mac computer systems. And teachers can also reprint these
full-color slides on any inkjet or laser color printer – and use
them for NLP classroom posters.
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