Resources for Educators

Teaching Tip

From the Teacher’s Aide Newsletter

2007 Summer

Accelerated Learning Tips

  • Provide content in ways that challenge the learners to search and discover the information for themselves.
  • Incorporate challenge and novelty through active problem-solving activities that require movement and group interaction along with thought.
  • Furnish many opportunities to link prior knowledge with new content.
  • When you use lecture, overheads, or slide shows, break it into small chunks (no more than 20 minutes) with interaction between the chunks.
  • Use holistic, big picture challenges as well as Brain Gym exercises.
  • Include instrumental music.
  • Hold small group discussions where learners can test understandings and formulate questions without fear of embarrassment or failure.
  • Allot time for internal processing through journal writing and time for notes on personal meaning and uses for the new learning.
  • Encourage learners to ask and answer questions related to why we are here, what’s the purpose of learning this content, what will happen when we finish the learning, etc.
  • Employ aromas, such as lemon, peppermint, cinnamon and clove, to stimulate concentration and learning. Put citrus and peppermint hard candies on the tables to stimulate taste and support learning.