Tip #370: Why Frequent Breaks are Important for Learning

On April 11, 2011, Posted by , In brain research, By ,,,,,, , With Comments Off on Tip #370: Why Frequent Breaks are Important for Learning

“Lucid intervals and happy pauses.” Francis Bacon

It may seem counterintuitive, but participants will learn more during a training program if there is less training time and more frequent break times. Ideally, ten-minute breaks should be given approximately every fifty minutes.

There are a number of reasons for giving frequent brief breaks during a training program:

1. Resting the Brain. Brain studies have found that the brain becomes saturated with information after about fifty minutes. It needs time to absorb and process the new learning in order to make room for new learning. To state this in more colloquial terms, “the mind can absorb only what the rear can endure.”

When people sit for long periods of time, their … Read the rest

Tip #354: Avoid the Mistake of Thinking Participatory Learning Activities are a Gimmick

On December 20, 2010, Posted by , In learning activities, By ,,,, , With Comments Off on Tip #354: Avoid the Mistake of Thinking Participatory Learning Activities are a Gimmick

The better a man is the more mistakes he will make for the more things he will try.
Peter Drucker
One reason that participatory learning activities get a bad reputation is the fact that some trainers incorporate them solely to add an element of fun and excitement. For participants who are stretched thin at work and feel that every minute of training should be of practical use, having to participate in extended fun and games that have no relevance to the training content is a waste of their time.
Please avoid these three mistakes when thinking about participatory learning activities:
Mistake #1: Believing participatory learning activities are pure entertainment rather than a training necessity. There are four reasons for using … Read the rest