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By Nicki Davey, Master TetraMap Facilitator
Look at these two sets of learners and imagine that each group is on a training course.
Group 1 looks at lots of PowerPoint slides and does lots of listening while the trainer talks. The environment is bland and corporate. They are static and only move around during breaks, when they eat sugar-laden snacks, drink caffeine-laden drinks, and eat lots of bread and cakes at lunchtime. The occasional group-work activities involve discussing topics, writing their thoughts on flipcharts and then feeding it back to the group. They also do individual work where they complete sections of a workbook. The workbooks are in black and white and are mainly made up of lots of dense text.
Group 2 conducts lots of activities where they move around, use all of their senses, talk to and learn from each other, and solve problems together. This builds a supportive community so they share freely and learn from each other’s ideas and experiences. They discover what they need to learn within themselves. The environment is relaxing and stimulates their curiosity and creativity. They are engaged in a physical, intellectual, emotional and spiritual level and they have vivid, memorable experiences. They nibble on healthy snacks throughout the day, and lunch is light, fresh, and packed with brain-friendly foods (see right-hand panel)
Now consider – which group will stay most alert and engaged, create the strongest memories, learn at a deeper level, and put more of its learning into practice?
Developments in neuroscience and behavioural psychology give us amazing insights into how the brain works, how people learn, and the environmental factors which influence learning. We can use this understanding to design and deliver what is termed Accelerated Learning or Brain-Friendly Learning. There are many elements to take on board, but some key aspects to pay attention to are:
Some trainers and facilitators may shy away from using these approaches, particularly with senior managers. However all the evidence shows that training which gives people the opportunity and permission to explore, play, and experiment, whatever their age, position, or level of authority, is essential to real, deep learning, and we all have a responsibility to put these approaches into practice. Learn how and build your confidence through our Transforming Training courses, or use TetraMap to create engaging, inspiring learning experiences.
Learn more about how TetraMap can be used in your organisation by contacting us today or, if you’re in the UK, get in touch with Nicki Davey to discuss a customised programme.
TetraMap uses accelerated learning principles to create deep learning
The 3-dimensional tetrahedron is visual and tactile, and the use of metaphor creates powerful images and memories. TetraMap enables facilitators to take learners on a shared journey of discovery together so that they generate their own learning. Its principles are easy to grasp but rich enough for people to learn at many levels and apply to their own situation, and it is easily incorporated into experiential, participative, brain-friendly training activities.
Nicki Davey is the Director of Saltbox Training and Events which was set up in 2009 to help individuals and companies to perform better, achieve more, and be happier and healthier. She is also a Master TetraMap Facilitator.
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Great to be reminded about the remarkable difference between active, holistic learning and the passive, predictable version that’s too often served up. It’s one of the ways we show people the difference TertaMap can make – we’re demonstrating it!