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Tip #716: When Overlearning Is Important- Part One

On April 9, 2018, Posted by , In learning, By ,,, , With Comments Off on Tip #716: When Overlearning Is Important- Part One

“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?

On April 2, 2018, Posted by , In learning, By ,,,,, , With Comments Off on Tip #715:  What Myths Are You Perpetuating?

“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?

On March 26, 2018, Posted by , In learning, By ,,, , With Comments Off on Tip #714: Why is Interleaving Important?

“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.” www.jensenlearning.com/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

On March 19, 2018, Posted by , In learning, By ,, , With Comments Off on Tip # 713: Why Psychological Safety is Important

“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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Tip #712: The Peer Learning Group Model

On March 12, 2018, Posted by , In management and leadership,Uncategorized, By ,,,,,, , With Comments Off on Tip #712: The Peer Learning Group Model

“Collaboration allows us to know more than we are capable of knowing by ourselves.” Paul Solarz

Last week, I introduced The Peer Learning Group. This week, I’d like to provide more specific information about The Peer Learning Group Model, which is a collaborative peer-based learning approach.

The Peer Learning Group Model is based on U-theory, so it looks like this:

 

 

 

The peer learning groups form (engage) to discuss a specific management challenge, using module materials that we provide.

Every module involves two 90-minute sessions, a practice session in the intervening time, and a post-session.  In Session 1, the managers share their knowledge and experience and learn new techniques. More specifically, group members: identify their problems and … Read the rest

Tip #711:   Introducing The Peer Learning Group

On March 5, 2018, Posted by , In management and leadership, By ,, , With Comments Off on Tip #711:   Introducing The Peer Learning Group

“The capacity to learn is a gift; the ability to learn is a skill; the willingness to learn is a choice.” Brian Herbert

In past Tips, I have mentioned that I was starting a new business (an offshoot of Laurel and Associates, Ltd.)    It is called the Peer Learning Group and I would like to tell you more about it.

You may have heard of peer learning groups. In our model, a peer learning group provides an opportunity for managers to learn from each other and validate their experience as they build more expertise. It has a skill-building results-oriented goal.

Six managers at the same level, but from different departments in the organization, meet onsite in two 90-minute sessions … Read the rest