Simple Activities to Accelerate Learning
Benefits of Brain Training Games
by Nora Chahbazi
In this blog I am sharing some non-academic cognitive processing activities, how to do them, and why and how they enhance learning. So many people have been requesting this information and I’m excited to share it.
These activities remove the brain ‘debris’; they improve connections in the brain which then helps information process more efficiently.
With new learning, the brain changes by making new connections between neurons in the brain and, with repetition, the new learning ‘sticks’ and becomes automatic. All EBLI activities are infused with cognitive processing components which help make the instruction very effective and efficient. We use these additional activities to speed up the learning for some of the students at our reading center. Most of these activities need to be taught to only one student at a time to really integrate the process and provide focused error correction.
To accelerate success when teaching something new, whether math, reading, fishing, tying shoes, or these games, break everything down to each specific step. SHOW them while you are telling them (or use motions instead of words), walk them through the process, and be sure THEY do the movements themselves. Learners must experience the process themselves, not just be told or shown how to do it, in order to get the most benefit from it.
The Mediated Learning steps are as follows:
I do: You show exactly what you want student to do.
We do: Give explicit, concise instructions with as few words as possible. Show what you mean at the same time that you are telling them.
You do: Coach the learner through the process by giving clear, short corrections when they make errors and have them do the process again.
This video describes mediated learning in more detail.
Watch the following videos all the way through so you can see the transformation from difficulty to success! Remember to use fewer words and show instead of tell as much as possible. Talking interferes with the learner’s thinking and processing.
The highlighted resources on this list of books and web sites focus on cognitive process training.
Do you have other great resources you recommend? If so please list them in the comments below and we will share them on our Facebook page.
Once you have taught someone, of any age or ability level, at least one of these activities please let us know how it went or what questions you have in the comment section below.
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