“There is comfort in rituals, and rituals provide a framework for stability when you are trying to find answers.” Deborah Norville
I recently conducted a two-day class on How to Design Accelerated Learning Programs. It reminded me of the importance of rituals, something that the participants can anticipate will be repeated. And it got me thinking about what constituted a ritual. Here are my thoughts:
- At the beginning of a program, I use a Koosh toss to have participants introduce themselves. At the end of every day, I use a Koosh toss to have participants report out their key takeaways.
- I repeat a key concept throughout the day by asking the participants to explain it.
- Once I’ve taught
“Is ditchwater dull? Naturalists with microscopes have told me that it teems with quiet fun. ” G. K. Chesterton
Even after all of these years of setting up training rooms to engage as many senses as possible, I still get nervous about how well it will be received by certain audiences.
A case in point: I recently facilitated a two-day Technical Trainers’ Toolbox in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. My client was the International Center for Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA, pronounced IKBA) and the participants were from many different countries: Pakistan, Tunisia, Syria, Morocco, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Greece and Great Britain are those that I can remember.
This is a serious and well-respected organization. Let me tell you what I learned about … Read the rest
“No memory is ever alone; it’s at the end of a trail of memories, a dozen trails that each have their own associations.” Louis L’Amour
In my previous Tip, I mentioned my plan to create peg systems for two content areas: seven motivational techniques and six key steps in lesson plan design. Today, when I sat down to think about the associations and actions that would be relevant, I was amazed to discover that coming up with a peg system was quick, easy and a lot of fun!
The key for me was identifying the properties of the strategy or step. Once I had the property clear in my head, an action that would represent that property came quickly to … Read the rest
“All words are pegs to hang ideas on.” Henry Ward Beecher
I recently attended a four-day workshop with Eric Jensen titled: Teaching With the Brain in Mind. According to Eric, brain-based teaching is ” E-S-P: The purposeful Engagement of effective Strategies derived from Principles of the brain.” I learned a lot, which I plan to share in future Tips.
He used a peg system to help us learn and remember his fourteen core brain/mind principles. This was the first time I experienced this training strategy and I found it incredibly effective.
According to Wikipedia, a mnemonic peg system “works by pre-memorizing a list of words that are easy to associate with the numbers they represent (1 … Read the rest