Tip #385: What is Magic About the Number Three in Designing Curriculum for Better and More Lasting Learning?

On August 1, 2011, Posted by , In curriculum design, By ,,,, , With Comments Off on Tip #385: What is Magic About the Number Three in Designing Curriculum for Better and More Lasting Learning?

“Education is the methodical creation of the habit of thinking.” Ernest Dimnet

If training is to effectively change learner behavior, then the curriculum must be designed with learning activities that encourage and require the learners both to feel strongly and to think deeply about their conclusions. These design models and principles come in sets of three:

a. Triune Brain Model

The evolutionary Triune Brain Model (developed by Dr. Paul MacLean) identifies three major layers of the brain:

1. The Reptilian System operates relatively automatically and is concerned with safety and survival. Pre-reason and pre- language, it is over 500 million years old. This is the first brain to engage in any situation, which is why it is so important … Read the rest

Tip #326: Start With “Why”

On June 7, 2010, Posted by , In learning, By ,,,, , With Comments Off on Tip #326: Start With “Why”

“Those who are able to inspire give people a sense of purpose or belonging that has little to do with any external incentive or benefit to be gained.” Simon Sinek

I recently watched a TED presentation by Simon Sinek in which he stressed that people are inspired by Why we do what we do rather than by What we do.

He explained this through his concept of the Golden Circle. Imagine three concentric circles:

* The center circle represents Why we do it.
* The middle circle represents How we do it.
* The outermost circle represents What we do.

According to Sinek:

Why is the “single purpose, cause or belief that serves as the unifying, driving and inspiring force … Read the rest