1. Establish the right "state"
Every good teacher needs to orchestrate an optimum learning
environment, and set the right learning mood.
2. The right presentation
Every good teacher needs to cover the big picture first, and to
cater to all different learning styles and all different types of
intelligence. The presentation must always vary between visual,
auditory, kinesthetic (movement) and tactile (feeling), and should
preferably include music, visuals, dance and movement.
3. Encourage new forms of thinking
Including creative thinking, critical thinking, creative problem
solving – and activities to store information in long-term memory,
and then techniques to retrieve it
4. Design activities to draw students out
Students learn best by doing, and by becoming emotionally
involved. So "activitations", games, skits, discussions
and plays are vital.
5. Apply it.
To learn it, do it. So students must be encouraged to act our
what they have learned. Encourage all students to be teachers –
and to link all new information with existing information ("the
more you link the more you learn").
6. Review, evaluate and celebrate
. . with praise, celebration, recaps and orchestrated reviews.
This six-step plan is abbreviated from the opening
"checklist" from chapter 9 of The Learning Revolution, the
world's top-selling book in 1999, written by Dr. Vos and co-author
The chapter is full of interesting ideas, collected
from around the world, to show how to put these six major principles