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1 Adult and Accelerated Learning Peter McBride, PMP Cheetah Learning Canada/EMEA McBride Consulting Group Inc. Copyright ® Mcbride Consulting Group Inc 2006

2 Needs of the Adult Learner Adults are autonomous and self-directed Adults have accumulated a foundation of experience Adults are goal-oriented Adults are relevancy-oriented Adults are practical Adults need to be shown respect Copyright ® Mcbride Consulting Group Inc 2006

3 Factors that Motivate the Adult Learner Social relationships External expectations Social welfare Personal advancement Escape/Stimulation Cognitive interest Copyright ® Mcbride Consulting Group Inc 2006

4 Goals of Accelerated learning Actively involve the emotional brain Synchronize left and right-brain activity Mobilize all eight intelligences so that learning is accessible to everyone and the resources of the whole mind are used. Copyright ® Mcbride Consulting Group Inc 2006

5 The Learning Modalities Howard Gardner, Frames of Mind: A Theory of Multiple Intelligences Linguistic Intelligence Logical-Mathematical Intelligence Spatial Intelligence Musical Intelligence Bodily-Kinesthetic Intelligence Naturalist Intelligence Interpersonal Intelligence Intrapersonal Intelligence Copyright ® Mcbride Consulting Group Inc 2006

6 Emotions are the gatekeeper to learning. Part I The body and brain form an inseparable learning partnership. The environment of the body is critical Ensure that the classroom and school wide environment enhance rather than impede students’ abilities to focus Create a sense of community characterized by absence of threat (real and perceived). Robert Sylwester, Celebrating Neurons, ASCD,1996 Dr. Paul Maclean, National Mental Health Institute Copyright ® Mcbride Consulting Group Inc 2006

7 Emotions are the gatekeeper to learning. Part II The brain's search for meaning is a search for patterns. Learning is the acquisition of useful mental programs One's personality has an impact on learning David Keirsey and Margaret Bates, Please Understand Me: Temperament and Personality Leslie A. Hart, Human Brain and Human Learning Copyright ® Mcbride Consulting Group Inc 2006

8 Intelligence is a function of experience The brain prefers to input information in a hierarchy depending on the number of senses engaged. 1.Experiences that engages all senses 2.Input is taken in via "immersion" experience 3.input is taken in is by using "hands-on, real" experiences 4.input is taken in is by using "hands-on representational" experiences 5.input is taken in is "secondhand." 6.The most challenging way the brain takes in information is "symbolic." Leslie A. Hart, Human Brain and Human Learning Time Magazine: February 26, 1996, "Your Child's Mind." ABC News, PrimeTime, January 25, 1995, "From the Beginning." Copyright ® Mcbride Consulting Group Inc 2006

9 Putting it all together Use of Color and Music Stress management Yoga Stretching and breathing Mind Mapping Psycho-Acoustic methods Smell and taste Copyright ® Mcbride Consulting Group Inc 2006

10 Use of Color and Music stimulates both sides of the brain In general, the left brain handles the following mental activities: Mathematics Language Logic Analysis Writing And other similar activities The right side of the brain handles very different activities: Imagination Color Music Rhythm Daydreaming And other similar activities Copyright ® Mcbride Consulting Group Inc 2006

11 The Mozart Effect Research and the experience of many educators confirm: Most people learn better when they are relaxed Only certain kinds of music truly enhance concentration, retention and performance Slow Baroque music seems to slow the heartbeat and induce a relaxed state – The Mozart Effect Modern “Accelerated Learning” Music is designed to create the same effect Steve Halpern – Music for Accelerated Learning Copyright ® Mcbride Consulting Group Inc 2006

12 Stress Management Stress is the enemy of learning Reduces uptake and inhibits recall Limbic System in the brain responds to stress with “Fight or Flight” chemicals Response is two-way – triggered by outside stimulus AND by internal stress Copyright ® Mcbride Consulting Group Inc 2006

13 Stress Management Use of stretching (Yoga) Use of Diet to reduce ingested stressors Coffee/caffiene Sugars and some carbohydrates Tobacco Alcohol Use of Deep (Yogic) Breathing Copyright ® Mcbride Consulting Group Inc 2006

14 Mind Mapping Tony Buzan, UBC Canada, late ’60s Gives you an overview of a large subject/area. Gathers and holds large amounts of data. Encourages problem solving by showing you new creative pathways. Very efficient. Enjoyable to look at, read, muse over and remember. Attracts and holds your eye/brain. Lets you see the whole picture and the details at the same time Copyright ® Mcbride Consulting Group Inc 2006

15 Improvisational comedy Competition Brainstorming in Team Writing Presenting Debrief Team Based Simulation Step by Step Progression Visual Buildup Using Wall Templates Classical music during activities Physical Exercise Rituals Context music t-up Course Props Instructor scripts One module per /hour T-UpActivity Debrief Segue Situational Humor Food Comfort Breaks Physical Space Agenda Posted Pre-course Prep Course Guidelines Posted Linguistic Intrapersonal Interpersonal Emotional Gradient T Up Logical Spatial Kinesthetic Music Course Structure Basic Needs Be Someone Else Personas Use Multiple Learning Modalities Accelerated Learning In Project Management Improve Retention Keep it “Safe” Context Scenario Beginnings and Endings Rituals Laughing Procedural Knowledge Game Ten minute break/hour © 2001 Cheetah Learning LLC Accelerated Learning in Project Management Mind Map Mathematical Timing Scheduling and budgeting Exhibit 1

16 Psycho-Acoustic Methods Brain has four basic brain-wave “states” Alpha – Very Relaxed, suggestible, accepting Beta – Awake, aware, alert and easily stressed Delta – Deep sleep Theta – Deep relaxation, similar to hypnotic state Brain State can be induced in willing participants Alpha state is excellent learning state Copyright ® Mcbride Consulting Group Inc 2006

17 Smell and Taste State Conditioning Smell is the most evocative sense The "Proust effect" - odor associated with experience Use of sharply scented mints to associate class experience with taste and smell Copyright ® Mcbride Consulting Group Inc 2006

18 Peter McBride, PMP  MCGI, 1993 to present  Training  Microsoft developer  PC and Network technician  PMP  Cheetah Learning Licensee, 2001 to present Copyright ® Mcbride Consulting Group Inc 2006


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