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Tip #718:  The Power of the Mind

“Believe it can be done. When you believe something can be done, really believe, your mind will find the ways to do it. Believing a solution paves the way to solution.” David J. Schwartz

The Thiagi Group free monthly newsletters offer all sorts of learning games. This game is taken from the April 2018 newsletter. I thought it was too wonderful not to share in its entirety!

Chevreul’s Pendulum 

April 1, 2018

You don’t have to be delusional, psychic, or gullible to experience the ideomotor effect. With this very simple activity, you can demonstrate the power of an idea to inspire action. It is named after Michael Eugene Chevreul who used this pendulum to explain how an unconscious movement … Read the rest

Tip #717: When Overlearning Is Important- Part Two

“Practice is a means of inviting the perfection desired.” Martha Graham

The following Tip is drawn from several sources.

In the previous Tip, we looked at overlearning in life or death situations. In this Tip, we’ll look at other less critical times where overlearning can speed a task, making completion faster and more successful with less effort. Knitting , dancing and playing an instrument come to mind. After sufficient practice, hands, legs and fingers are doing what they need to do without conscious manipulation because they have developed muscle memory.

In whatever field, the process of ‘overlearning’ – or repetitive practice – has far reaching benefits. It can take a person’s performance from good to great by improving Read the rest

Tip #716: When Overlearning Is Important- Part One

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“Over-learning and over-preparing gives you the winning edge in any area.” Brian Tracy

 The following Tip is drawn from several sources.

Overlearning is practicing newly acquired skills beyond the point of initial mastery. The idea is to get to automaticity, which Wikipedia defines as “the ability to do things without occupying the mind with the low-level details required, allowing it to become an automatic response pattern or habit. It is usually the result of learning, repetition and practice.”

I first became aware of the importance of an automatic ingrained response when I was in a lunch line with firefighters at a nearby army base. They needed to know how to immediately assess and respond to a situation where even … Read the rest

Tip #715:  What Myths Are You Perpetuating?

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“I have always found fact infinitely more interesting than myths and falsehoods.” John Brunner

I just read a fascinating article titled: 12 Educational Research Myths,  by John Dabell. He calls them “12 of the best ‘worst’ research myths and legends.”

There are six that jumped out at me, four of which I didn’t realize were myths:

  1. Edgar Dale’s Cone of Experience was debunked quite a while ago. Unfortunately, some trainers still teach that people remember 10% of what they read, 20% of what they hear, 30% of what they see, 50% of what they see and hear, 70% of what they say and write, and 90% of what they do. [I knew this one]

According to Will Thalheimer (2015): … Read the rest

Tip #714: Why is Interleaving Important?

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“Strength lies in differences, not in similarities.” Stephen Covey

I was reading an article by Eric Jensen titled: “Uncovering the Secret World of High Test Performers.”

He discusses five tools for teachers to use during the testing season. One of those tools is: “Interleave concepts.”

I have never heard the word before. So I looked it up (natch) to find that interleave literally means to insert pages (typically blank) between the pages of a book. But that was not what Jensen meant.

He used the term to mean mixing up, or alternately interspersing different types of problems for participants to solve rather than grouping all of the similar problems together. It’s really like taking a deck of numbered cards … Read the rest

Tip # 713: Why Psychological Safety is Important

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“Psychological safety is really important to the learning process.” Sharon Bowman

We have included a trust-building module in The Peer Learning Group Program.  We feel that it is advisable for any group to participate in this module prior to starting on a topical module.

The effectiveness of a Peer Learning Group depends upon the willingness of its members to be open and honest with each other. The only environment in which people feel comfortable to be so open and honest is one where they trust each other and feel safe. This is called “psychological safety.”

Amy Edmondson, who coined the term, defines psychological safety as “a shared belief that the team is safe for interpersonal risk taking.”

In a

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