In an hour you can learn 30+ new pieces of information - words, dates etc. Facts.
This is a good one for the sceptics and the sneerers to jump on - from both sides of the edu-divide...
The progressivists may dislike my pouring facts into children.
The traditionalists will deride yet another new technique to make learning easier - another Brain Gym?!
Well, I have been trying this out and really like it.
Spaced Learning is a relative newcomer to the education world, although it does appear to be grounded in research that goes back a good number of years. It links to the idea of spaced repetition which Ebbinghaus explained over a century ago.
Basically, the important part is the spaces between the input sessions - I have been working in one hour lessons using the following structure:
10 mins - Blitz through 75 words in French - saying the French and then the English.
10 min break - using an A4 piece of paper, make an animal.
12 mins - work through the list of words again, going a little slower and offering hooks to remember words (e.g. "trop" = too much, St.Tropez is just too much)
10 min break - yoga simple standing positions, breathing exercises and relaxation
10 mins - show French words and get the class to say the English words together.
And that's it...
I have found it very useful for revising, for introducing a new topic or to finish a topic.
My next project is to combine it with spaced repetition to make a super-duper way of learning lots of stuff really easily.
Watch this space!