Gain access to exclusive new Brain Friendly Training videos every month! In this 12-month learning program from Braintrax, Brain-Friendly Training guru Laurie Kelly shares some simple tips, secrets, and techniques that will dramatically improve your learning environment and teaching methods.
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- Series Overview
- Visual Overview
What are we going to do’ – tell them first in a different way! Give them the BIG picture. To truly engage Learners from the start you need to give them the big picture and overview. This video gives you a Brain friendly alternative way of doing this as opposed to the usual Power Point slide with the typed-up bullet point Expectations and Learning Outcomes. It is a powerful explanation of the journey these videos are going to take you on.
- Are Your Learners in a state ready to learn?
You may be ready to teach, but are they ready to learn? The Principle of actively planning to engage learners and have them in a Resourceful Learning State is vital for true Brain Friendly delivery. As educators, it is incumbent upon us to plan activities that will assist learners to be mentally and attitudinally ready to learn. Understanding this principle is vital for great delivery and successful learning.
- Using Playing Cards
Simple ways to involve all your students!
A simple pack of playing cards with huge potential as an engagement tool. As simple as these are they have great uses in the training room to engage and motivate your students. This video is full of practical ideas of how you might use Playing cards to generate fun and involvement. Their brains will love you for it.
- Masking Tape – great training tool
Use this technique to find out ‘Whose who in the Zoo’.
Here is simple tool that quickly allows the Educator to understand who is in their group. You can ask any question, and get an immediate result both visually for yourself and also for all the participants. Maybe you want to know what experience they each have; or to help them to articulate what they would like from the training. You ask the question, and they commit to the answer.
- VAKT Part 1
Identify and use all our ways of learning!
Learning from a position of strength. This video explores the four Perceptual styles of Visual, Auditory, Kinaesthetic and Tactile Learners and advocates that we aim to identify our main system when learning, and lead with this one but to really extend and entrench learning we need to use all four. As educators we need to use all four in our delivery. This video helps to explain these perceptual styles so you in turn can explain them to your students.
- Memory Challenge
Yes, you can remember a list of random words!
Pushing the “Grey Matter”. If you are prepared to actively participant in the fun offered by this video you will blow your mind with the amount of information you can recall. Be aware you may need to close the door. This video demonstrates the power of using all four Perceptual style together (VAKT).
- VAKT Round Robin
Get all your group to share their ideas – not just the confident ones!
Brain Storming is only one way to get groups to thinking and sharing ideas. Very often it is no where near as good as we think it is. This Video introduces you to a technique called the Noisy Round Robin. It harnesses the thoughts of everyone in the room not just the confident few. Ways to get engage all perceptual styles ( VAKT) is the topic and 82 ideas is the answer in 8 min of work.
- Unlocking the Brains Potential
You can help all your participants learn successfully!
The greatest gift an educator can give a Learner is the power to unlock their Learning potential. This video outlines the five Principles of Brain Friendly Learning you will incorporate in your delivery, which will empower learners to reignite their passion to learn. This video outlines the principals behind this series of videos on Brain Friendly Training.
- Early Engagement Part 1
Are your students ready to learn?
This first video clip on Early Engagement explains how important it is to get students mentally present and ready to learn. It talks about the five key states to assist the Brain to learn. The first few minutes of any workshop is essential to set the scene; in particular you want to set the scene that this Training will be Different and exciting. You then have Mental engagement.
- Early Engagement Part 2
Get them early and get them quick. This second video on Early engagement builds on part 1 and goes through several ideas which, when used in the first 5- 6minutes, will grab the learners’ interest and curiosity so they become mentally in the room ready to learn.
- Keeping it Real Part 1
Make your training “Real, Relevant and Useful”!
This is what people are hungering for from training and education. This Principle of Brain Friendly Training is vital for engagement and transfer into the workplace. It does have to be planned for and implemented. There are three modules that suggest things you could need to do in the Design phase before the event, during the event and post the event to achieve this. In this first module we will look at practical things you can do before the workshop to ensure great transfer of new skills into the workplace.
- Flipped Classroom
Set the Brain up First – then teach!
Flipped classrooms are a fantastic innovation to set the Brain up first for the understanding of theory and before practical classes. They are simple and easy for both yourself to produce and your students to learn using the resources today’s technology offers. In this video Laurie explains what they are and how to develop them with your own with your content.
- Keeping it Real Part 2
‘Do it’ to make your training “Real, Relevant and Useful”!
Model your training on good Driver Education. Training can’t be just a talk fest, it must be experienced. Be clear that your students need to experience, not just ‘know’ the theory for real and sustainable learning to occur.
- Keeping it Real Part 3
Real time transfer to make your training “Real, Relevant and Useful”
The training has finished but the Real learning is about to start. This module is about how you can set up support for the learner post the event. It is full of ideas that reinforce the learning and assist the learner to cement the information that they have learnt in the formal training environment and transfer this into their workplace.
- Left & Right Brain
Why our brain may influence our learning!
While we no longer talk about Left and Right Brain dominant learners because of recent studies in Brain plasticity, this video module looks at Left and Right Brain tendencies. It is still very useful to look at Left and Right brain thinking and tendencies as this has real implications for educators in the training environment. This video will help educators explain to their students some of the experiences they may have had in their schooling and indeed may very well be a liberation for them in their thinking about their own potential as learners.
- Global Learners
Global Learners Rule – identify and give them what they need!
This group is waiting to be blown out of the water. Global Learners are the biggest group of Learners but are the ones left behind by the traditional education system. There are some simple things you can do to really engage them and have them raving. This video will show you how to make your content relevant to Global Learners.
- Managing the Room
Who’s in charge in your training room?
The training room atmosphere can help to make or break a presentation. Don’t be a victim of somebody else’s limited imagination. Here are heaps of suggestions to make even the most challenging training environment come alive for both your learners brains and for your ownership and confidence.
- Managing Time
Are you staying on time?
Time is precious in today’s training world. We are being asked to put more and more information into a shrinking amount of time. This video is full of practical ideas to get your class started on time, back from the breaks and keeping yourself honest with your own use of time.
- Managing Nerves
“How could you be nervous after all the experience you have had”?
This video explores hat happened in our Brains when we are anxious or stressed. It suggests activities you can do as a educators to calm your own nerves and also how you might assist your own students.
- Building Inner Strength
Do you own your space ‘up front’ when delivering?
Powerful Presentations are about techniques as much as content. Public speaking is one of the biggest fears most adults can experience yet in reality your audience wants to do well, to engage them and to offer relevant information. We might have awesome content and ideas, but this can be lost if we are nervous and loose the moment with poor delivery. This video covers several simple techniques to maintain positive self-talk, powerful body posture and positioning, control of nerves and ideas to give you a presence amongst your peers.
- Caution when using Power Point
Risks with overuse of Power Point.
This video alerts you to these dangers and gives you ideas of how you can make you power points work for the Learner to enhance the Leaning
- Expect the unexpected
Make your training fun and interesting!
The Brain is naturally curious and loves fun. This video is full of ideas to stimulate the Brain’s good adrenalins (noradrenaline) so your students are alert and having fun whilst not quite knowing what is coming next. You will have fun yourself watching learners loving being in your training and them telling others how good it was.
- Prior Knowledge
- Universal Experiences
Help your students ‘get’ new info!
By telling a story or using a metaphor it will become more alive and impactful if it is built around a Universal experience that your students can relate to. Again in Brain science and adult Learning Principles if we can link our teaching to previous learning or experiences it facilitates a quicken understanding of concepts and more powerful retention. The use of Universals in our delivery is the wire that makes connections.
- Conscience Convincers
Experience and feel the concepts!
This is one of the most power teaching tools we have. They involve the student actually experiencing concepts within their own bodies first, having a WOW experience and then being hungry and receptive to the theory. Be prepared to experience this yourself during this video and have fun doing it.
- Influencing State with Auditory Activities
Can you learner hear you?
Influencing a great learning States using activities with a Auditory Bias. This is the first of four videos on how to influence the Learners State and looks specifically at activities that can be run focusing on Auditory learners. All training needs to address all perceptual styles, which will be expanded on in the subsequent video’s.
- Influencing State with Visual Activities
Picture paints a thousand words.
This video highlights the importance of catering to the Visual needs of learners and gives six very practical ways to assist the Learners with a Visual bias.
- Influencing State with Kinesthetic Activities K’s
Get them up and get them moving.
This is the key to engaging Learners with a Kinesthetic bias. This video gives various way to get Ks into a resourceful Learning state with actions and words. You will also be introduced to the activity of the Spinning Wheel. Great interactive sharing activity.
- Influencing State with Tactile Activities
Tactile learners need to fiddle or manipulate with their hands. It is very helpful for these learners if you can provide objects for them to touch and handle. This video will give you some practical ideas of how others have done this with their Tactile students.
- Use Language to Influence
Language to persuade! Using language to covertly get things done. These are words and phrases that we can use to get things done moving someone from a passive to active State.
- Embedded Commands
Language that assumes success! Here is another great Linguistic skill that can subconsciously build the learner’s confidence. Training is successful if it leads to action and embedded commands are a great way to assist this transfer.
- Revisions Part 1
How to revise – easy methods to use!
There is a secret in how to revise and built retention for your students. This video explains the revision timetable that embeds learning in the brain. It also has six practical ways to make revision fun and enjoyable for your group and they will not even know they are revising
- Revisions Part 2
Lets look back and Revise the Revision.
In this module we will revise the ideas shared in Revision Part 1 and explain three more very useful activities to engage the Learners in revision and again they will have no idea that this is what they are doing.
- How to Study
Can your students study? Many students still must study for and then sit examinations. Yet very few students have been taught how to study using their unique learning approach. This video introduces you to six practical approaches you might use yourself or share with your students.
- Rich and Multi Sensory
There is more than one way to ‘skin a cat’!
Mono-sensory makes no sense .If we train using a multi-sensory approach we assist students store information in a multitude of sensory cortexes so they have a wide range of areas of the brain to call on when they have to retrieve that information. In this video be prepared to experience an example of this multi-sensory approach
- Minimize Learners Anxiety Part 1
How to understand and keep stress at bay!
This video explains the chemical reactions happening in the brain when we are stressed. By helping students to access and utilise their Clear thinking Pre-frontal cortex, we help make it easier for them to learn. It also explains why it is essential in our design phase to look at ways to lower anxiety levels to facilitate our participants potential to learn quickly and confidently.
- Minimize Learners Anxiety Part 2
Keep them clear and keep them learning – helping students utilize their clear thinking Prefrontal cortex.
This 2nd video builds on the earlier part 1. it also complements the video on Managing Nerves. It is full of practical thinks you can do as an educator to lower the Anxiety levels for your students, so they can engage their clear thinking brains and learn more successfully – saving you time and repeated instructions.
- Managing groups
Changing Groups to Share the love. One of the most challenging things we fear as trainers is to ask students to change groups, yet it is one of the most powerful ways to encourage networking, good independent thinking and maintain energy in the room.
This video not only explains why changing groups is important but gives you seven practical different and fun ways to do it which will immediately get your students on board and having fun while they change groups
- Difficult People Part 1
How to deal with ‘difficult’ participants? Maintaining your own balance is the key. Very often we allow the difficult behaviour to throw our energy and focus. This is the very time to have confidence that we know our information, have done the necessary preparation and only need to keep our thinking clear.
This video talks about keeping ourselves on focus and how to address what may been seen as challenging behaviour.
- Difficult People Part 2
Don’t become the victim of negative energy vampires. All too often trainers agonise over the difficult learner and allow their own energy to be dissipated. Here are some ideas to help understand why people’s behaviour can appear to be difficult in a training environment and what you might be able to do to turn their energy around.
You need to give feedback! Feedback should never be about being right or wrong. Good feedback is about a generosity of spirit in assisting someone move forward. It must always be based on clearly established expectations not subjective observations that are never explained.
This video clip is an excellent start for anyone wanting to develop great feedback skills.
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