By Michael A Scaddan
This advisor converts present findings on mind learn into enjoyable and powerful recommendations for introducing brain-compatible studying and bettering attempt ends up in the K–12 school room.
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Write songs about the topic using well-known tunes. • Stand on a chair to deliver point of view. • Wear a period costume. • Repeat the main points as a pledge in an emotional voice. • Have students write a short note about their learning. Mail the notes back to them at a later date. • Use taste and aromas to create mood. • Use a train whistle, chimes, or buzzer to introduce an important point. • Allow students to present information through art, drama, technology, or traditional methods. • Allow time for learners to discuss, question, predict, and of course, to teach others.
Remember to continue some state-changes so that they become a ritual. Sometimes I introduced new reviews and state-changes when the students wanted to continue with what was known. It’s a fine line. Our staff found that putting crossovers to music worked well. Simple tunes with a constant beat and repetitive verses were especially suitable. The “Monster Mash” by Bobby “Boris” Pickett, “Purple People Eater” by Sheb Wooley, “I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing” by the New Seekers, and “In the Summer Time When the Weather Is Fine” by Mungo Jerry all provide a steady beat for the exercises.
Learning and behavior is the same thing. BRAIN-BASED REVIEW BRAIN-BASED REVIEW First of all, you will probably not have had instant and successful change in all areas. Change can be very messy, and you may be tempted to give up, especially if you encounter problems—which of course you will. Problems allow us to grow and stretch our abilities. Unfortunately, some people only see the problem and rather than growing new skills by moving through it, they use the opportunity to reinforce poor self-esteem by giving up.