schools and remarkable ideas...
Forget everything you remember about
education and school - the world's best education and schooling models show that
you can learn anything faster, easier, and have fun!
Education and teaching
techniques haven't changed that much over the last 100 years, but new model
schools are now emerging that are far more effective than the traditional
"chalk and talk".
The world's top-selling nonfiction book in 1999, The
Learning Revolution, outlines the many of the best ones:
Tahatai Coast Primary School, in Papamoa, New Zealand. This is a
public school in a non-affluent area – but it doesn't even look like a
school. It was designed from scratch to combine the world's best interactive
multimedia technology and some of the world's best teaching methods.
The Lemshaga Barnakademi in Sweden – designed as "an
extraordinary school for ordinary children". It has students from aged
three to 15, and incorporates many similar principles to those found at
John Eliot Elementary School in Needham, Massachusetts, USA. One of
America's foremost models in integrative accelerated learning.
Beijing's 21st century experimental school, in Beijing,
China. One of China's unique new experiments to combine the best in public
and private education – and in linking traditional Chinese values with new
methods of learning.
The authors of The
Gordon Dryden and Dr.
Jeannette Vos, have identified 12 steps that make a huge difference to
education and schooling:
Make schools life-long,
year-round, community resource centres.
Ask your customers first
- your students and parents.
success and satisfaction.
Cater to all
intelligence traits and all learning styles.
Use the world's best
teaching, study and learning methods
Invest in your key
resource: teachers as facilitators.
Make everyone a teachers
as well as a student.
Plan a four-part
curriculum, with personal growth, lifeskills and learning-how-to-learn
linked with all content.
Change the assessment
Use your entire
community as a resource.
Give everyone the right
It makes sense that any vision
of the future of education, schools and learning should include these
learning will be a fact of life for everyone.
Inside that context,
everyone should be encouraged to plan their own curriculum for life.
While there is no one
right way to teach or learn, there are many techniques to enable
anyone to learn faster, better, smarter. An open-minded search for new
ideas is central to tomorrow's world, and central to tomorrow's
Every state or country
also has different school-health relationships, administrative
systems, teacher training programs. And, as in any other field,
progress will often depend on the vision and drive of individual
leaders: principals, teachers, parents, administrators and political
So what can teachers and
trainers do right now - without having to wait for the "system" to
catch up. The
Learning Revolution provides a six-step plan to teach
anything more effectively:
Establish the right
"state" - Every good teacher needs to orchestrate an
optimum learning environment, and set the right learning mood.
presentation - Every good teacher needs to cover the big picture
first, and to cater to all different learning styles and all different
types of intelligence. The presentation must always vary between
visual, auditory, kinesthetic (movement) and tactile (feeling), and
should preferably include music, visuals, dance and movement.
Encourage new forms
of thinking - Including creative thinking, critical thinking,
creative problem solving, and activities to store information in
long-term memory, and techniques to retrieve it
Design activities to
draw students out - Students learn best by doing, and by becoming
emotionally involved. So "activitations", games, skits,
discussions and plays are vital.
it - To
learn it, do it. So students must be encouraged to act our what they
have learned. Encourage all students to be teachers – and to link
all new information with existing information ("the more you link
the more you learn").
Review, evaluate and
celebrate . . . with praise, celebration, recaps and
We are now well into the
"Information Age". The way we learn and the way we create new
ideas HAS to change. It is simply not good enough
to continue to rely on "chalk and talk" techniques developed 100
years ago - our children deserve better.
Visit the The Learning Web at
to find out more about "The Learning Revolution". Better still,
buy the book, and get involved in helping to change the way the world
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