TACTICS FOR TEACHERS
- Do you feel stressed out by the demands of your job?
- Do you want your students to be responsible for their own learning?
- Do you want to understand about motivation?
- Do you need some fresh ideas after many years of teaching?
- Do you wonder what's new in educational research to help you?
Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes!
THE GOOD NEWS:
Neuroscience research reveals how people can change their mental effectiveness
(motivation/concentration/focus/learning) by consciously changing their physical
state and/or the way they are thinking about what they are doing.
Thus people can control their own ability:
- To absorb information (learn)
- Keep task focused (work appropriately)
- Recall memories (achieve good test results)
Would you like all your students to be like this?
Everyone has natural ability to be like this when conditions are good for them!
THE BAD NEWS:
Many teachers and school continue to use methods
which rely on out-dated beliefs such as:
- Student results depend on inherited ability to learn.
- Everyone learns better when sitting still and listening to the teacher.
- The methods which bring success for some people are the best way for everyone.
- Punishing students for bad results or behaviour will make them achieve better.
- Giving students notes to learn later is an efficient way to teach.
This is bad news, because these beliefs are proven to be wrong.
Many teachers are ineffective because they believe these things.
Many students fail because their schools promote these out-dated notions.
MORE GOOD NEWS FOR STUDENTS AND TEACHERS
Everyone has natural ability to learn easily when conditions are good for them.
When teachers believe this, they teach better and their students learn better.
Brainfitness is the word we use in brainward.com to describe the condition where:
- Learning is fast and easy.
- Recall is efficient
- Behaviour is positive
- Motivation is maintained
MORE BAD NEWS
Classroom conditions often work against brainfitness.
This means classroom conditions often prevent students
from being mentally efficient for easy working and learning.
MORE GOOD NEWS
Teachers can arrange classroom environments and activities
so that their students can achieve and maintain brainfitness.
This means students are ready to work and learn efficiently.