Examples of Accelerated Learning Techniques
- Write a script for a 3-part play on a certain topic, issue or dilemma. Focus on the set-up, the drama, and the conclusion.
- Develop a lesson plan to teach a certain topic or concept to a 10-year old child.
- Argue the building blocks of a certain concept. Determine the foundation, the structure and the roof.
- Review a movie clip highlighting a certain issue or situation and discuss.
- Invite expert guest speakers to address the class.
- Take field trips to get a hands-on view.
- Develop an agenda for a day-long conference focusing on a certain topic(s). Plan for key notes from experts, current trends addressing this topic, workshop topics, etc.
- Interview an SME (subject matter expert) or someone experienced with a certain topic. Write an article or broadcast a news report about your findings.
- Form a hypothesis regarding a certain issue or situation and then conduct an experiment. Record all the elements within the experiment, action(s) taken, and the results and findings of your 'experiment'.
- Research and select a current or classic book on a certain topic; write a brief 'book review' and rate the book, then share your conclusions with the class.
- Write to a concept of a particular topic... just begin writing and recording any knowledge you may or may not have on this topic. Write often and compare early writings to final writings to see your knowledge grow over time.
- Respond to posed questions and/or scenarios; break into small groups for responses to those questions.
- Videos - utilize a commercially made video highlighting a myriad of topics.
- Jig Saw a book... small groups discuss and report on certain portions, or chapters, of a topical book or textbook.
- Role playing - have fun role playing scenarios dealing with issues or situations you are studying.
- Pro and Con a situation... list the 'Pros' and 'Cons' of something and discuss why you responded as you did and when the 'Pros and Con's may actually interchange.
- Summarize in a Statement... develop one statement to summarize a term, an article, a chapter, or a book.
- SIG's - SIG's (Special Interest Groups) are a great way to investigate, research and discuss topics and issues of special interest to a certain group of students. SIG's can be short-lived groups or exist in an on-going manner studying a variety of topics over time.
- Journaling - taking the time to journal thoughts, observations, and ideas surrounding topics of study can result in an invaluable learning experience.
What helps learning happen at an accelerated pace?
Learning happens when we understand how the brain works... understanding just how the brain absorbs information and allows us to learn.
Emotions... learning happens when we are relaxed, comfortable, not fearful, and having fun!
Environment... our surroundings are critical to learning. Simple adjustments to lighting, decorations, colors, temperature, acoustics, and seating can make all the difference in the world.
Motivation... increased desire to learn occurs when learners are motivated and feel some sense of accomplishment and success.
Learning Styles... there is a need to realize that people learn differently and different paces. Dependent upon whom you are, where you came from, how you were raised to the world you live in... people will learn differently and will need to demonstrate that learning in many different ways.
Techniques & Activities... learning happens more quickly when it is delivered through such imaginative games and activities that involve movement, color, depth and positive emotions.
Suggestion... even the most subtle learning aids such as music and movement can change a learner's attitude and body language and open them up to the a positive mental state and raise levels of energy and alertness.
Teams & Cooperation... working together offers learners the opportunity to 'learn more from one another', develop communication and cooperation skills, and share in successes
Improvement & Results... the outcomes anticipated in a learning experience should be clearly identified up front so that learners can understand the relevance of the materials to their own lives. It also allows facilitators to continuously design the learning environment to best meet the needs of the learners.
A Comfortable, Fun Learning Atmosphere
Examples of fun and invigorating classroom peripherals may include?
Music... a CD player for background or break-time music, classical music to study or read by.
Lighting... the right lighting adds an element of comfort or energy when needed .
Seating... group or individual seating plays a role in effective and fun learning. Many room arrangements can be used, along with all types of seating such as couches, desks, tables, etc.
Food and Drinks... no one likes to learn on an empty stomach and everyone loves treats. Food lends to a healthy, social atmosphere.
Busy Toys... busy hands make busy minds. Doodling, bending pipe cleaners, and coloring are all great activities to keep 'physical' learners involved.
Color... lively decorations such as posters, photos, open windows lend color and interest which all help keep our minds awake, active, and absorbent.