Get them Early = Get them interested
As great learning developers, it is our role is to give learners a positive learning experience, so that they learn fast and, most importantly, the learning sticks in their mind, for long term retention and retrieval of information. You may have them physically switched onto the learning module but it’s vital that you get them mentally present and ready to learn.
We activate Neuro- pathways to facilitate great learning. A trainer’s role is to embed information in the most effective way possible. By using delivery skills honed on the 5 Principles of Brain Friendly Training, we can make their learning experience really great.
The first Principle, and by far the most important, is that the learners’ mental and attitudinal STATE is vital. Several important studies have shown that all learning is State Dependent. Learning gets neurologically associated with our mental state. If you want a learner to feel resourceful when they are applying or using their learning, they need to feel resourceful whilst they are learning it. Feeling and emotions are extremely important to learning and retention.
Learners can influence state by the language we use, where we put our focus and the physiological movements they make.
There are five big states for learning which active chemicals, functions and neuro centres to maximise learning. These include peptide molecules, amino acids, Parietal and frontal lobe engagement, noradrenalin, amygdale engagement, Cortisol, dopamine and many others.
These five great learning states that really help learning are
“Hook’m early and get ’em curious”.
Begin your session by getting them Curious. Stimulate the desire to learn the answer to a problem thus activating the reward system of the Brain. Thus even before the answer is given, the state of curiosity provides a reward and a positive feeling. The Reticular Activation System of the Brain is engaged as is the Parietal and Frontal lobes- the human thinking part of our brain.
There’s a number of ways to do this:
- Give them a challenge
- Use an Engaging video clip
- Get them predicting outcomes of a scenario
- Some really interesting facts and figures done in a graph or visual form
- Great story that you leave unfinished ( called story nesting) until later in program
- Some interesting side benefits for them as well as the company
Create a sense of WOW – Here you are stimulating the senes of inspiration and awe. This can be done through story, activity and movement that they experience.
Here you are making sure they taste success and mastery. This is the conscious competence stage. This reinforces the brains desire for rewards and success.
This is where you are deliberately setting out to active the chemical Cortisol. You don’t want to overdo the Cortisol as it is the chemical of stress however in manageable challenges it can help cement learning. Stretch them and their new skill levels. You aim for a sense of accomplishment.
Have you ever experienced having a mental “ Blank” ( someone’s name) then gone and put your attention somewhere else and the answer just comes. This is the incubation state where ideas are given over to the subconscious mind and answers are generated. Again this is to do with Brain chemicals and the importance of Relaxation for successful learning.
In designing training modules, content is important, but if you want that content to transfer into the workplace you must also put a great deal of thought and planning into how you are going to stimulate these FIVE big resourceful learning States for the Learners and their Brains.
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