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Novelty: It's a Brain Changer for Learners

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How trainers and teachers can improve learning by using simple, yet novel teaching strategies PLUS why novelty helps the human brain pay attention and stay engaged in a learning environment.

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Novelty: It's a Brain Changer for Learners

  1. 1. Novelty: It’s a Brain Changer for Learners How trainers & teachers can improve learning by using simple, yet novel teaching strategies.
  2. 2. A plain piece of paper? Or a paper folded into a sphere? Which one is more interesting to you?
  3. 3. You’ve seen a plain piece of paper at least 1000 times . . .
  4. 4. . . . but odds are you’ve never seen a piece of paper folded into a sphere. You’ve seen a plain piece of paper at least 1000 times . . .
  5. 5. Which one peaks your interest more?
  6. 6. . . . probably this one
  7. 7. Why?
  8. 8. Why? -It’s different
  9. 9. Why? -It’s different -It’s something new
  10. 10. Why? -It’s different -It’s something new -It’s novel
  11. 11. This demonstrates an important fact about the human brain
  12. 12. “The brain doesn’t pay attention to boring things.” John Medina in Brain Rules [Pear Press, 2014]
  13. 13. The human brain loves novelty.
  14. 14. Novelty helps keep the brain engaged with learning.
  15. 15. You can find plenty of research and information about novelty and the brain online.
  16. 16. So why do many trainers and teachers continue teaching in the same boring ways? =
  17. 17. Do these teaching strategies look interesting to the human brain?
  18. 18. What could the instructors do to better engage these students? ? ?
  19. 19. They could read important brain research on how the brain learns best
  20. 20. If you would like to learn more and see examples, continue clicking through these slides. and implement engaging & novel activities.
  21. 21. Brain science can teach us a lot a about keeping learners interested and engaged in learning content. Brain Science
  22. 22. One effective brain based strategy is to use . . .
  23. 23. One effective brain based strategy is to use .
  24. 24. Why novelty? How does novelty help the brain learn? One effective brain based strategy is to use .
  25. 25. Answer: The PINKY BRAIN!
  26. 26. The PINKY BRAIN is another name for the Reticular Activating System
  27. 27. The “reticular activating system” is in the middle of the brain. It plays a big role in holding the brain’s attention.
  28. 28. The “reticular activating system” is similar in size to your pinky finger.
  29. 29. The RAS serves as a “gatekeeper” for stimuli coming into the brain. We’ll use the abbreviation RAS (Reticular Activating System) from this point forward.
  30. 30. The human brain can’t pay attention to everything – not to every stimuli in the environment. Taking in all of the stimuli is overwhelming for the brain.
  31. 31. So the RAS decides what’s IMPORTANT to notice . . .AND what’s not important to notice.
  32. 32. The Reticular Activating System does not pay attention to boring things. X Boring Things = normal sights, normal sensations, routine everyday happenings, very familiar experiences, the “usual.”
  33. 33. Instead the Reticular Activating System notices things in the environment that are different.
  34. 34. Now that you know that the Reticular Activating System doesn’t pay attention to boring things, what can you do when teaching humans anything?
  35. 35. CHANGE how you design teaching and training
  36. 36. CHANGE how you design teaching and training
  37. 37. CHANGE how you design teaching and training
  38. 38. CHANGE how you design teaching and training
  39. 39. But that doesn’t mean you have to change your learning environment into . . . a party or three ringed circus! . . . um . . . unless you teach clown school.
  40. 40. There are lots of ways to add novelty to your training design.
  41. 41. Use the following training tips to change training from usual normal ordinary humdrum mundane monotonous commonplace to
  42. 42. Use the following training tips to change training from usual normal ordinary humdrum mundane monotonous commonplace to fresh original unusual different intriguing noteworthy extraordinary
  43. 43. Novelty Tip #1 Use the 10- minute rule.
  44. 44. Novelty Tip #1 Use the 10- minute rule. Change teaching strategies every 10 minutes
  45. 45. Novelty Tip #1 Use the 10- minute rule. Change teaching strategies every 10 minutes Example
  46. 46. Novelty Tip #1 Use the 10- minute rule. Change teaching strategies every 10 minutes By changing your teaching strategy every 10 minutes, you are helping the reticular activating system pay attention.
  47. 47. Novelty Tip #2 Create image rich hand-outs.
  48. 48. Novelty Tip #2 Create image rich hand-outs. The brain is more attracted to images than words
  49. 49. Novelty Tip #2 Create image rich hand-outs. The brain is more attracted to images than words
  50. 50. Novelty Tip #3 Also make the hand-outs interactive
  51. 51. Novelty Tip #3 Also make the hand-outs interactive That’s novel too!
  52. 52. Novelty Tip #3 Also make the hand-outs interactive That’s novel too!
  53. 53. Use sticker dots, blanks to fill in, coloring & more. . .
  54. 54. There are UNLIMITED WAYS to integrate novelty into teaching and training
  55. 55. Small uses of novelty can make a big impact
  56. 56. What could you do with these tools? colored index cards colored paper paper plates
  57. 57. There are many possibilities!
  58. 58. But for now, it’s okay to start with one small change Take a small step
  59. 59. In your next class or training, change just 1 teaching strategy And see how it goes. . .
  60. 60. You can get lots of ideas for new strategies at BowPerson.com
  61. 61. If you are a teacher or trainer. . .
  62. 62. and you want your learners to . . .
  63. 63. -Be more focused -Feel more engaged AND -Interact more with the content you teach
  64. 64. Use novelty to engage your student’s brains!
  65. 65. Hi! I’m Kelly Pfeiffer and I created these slides.
  66. 66. Hi! I’m Kelly Pfeiffer and I created these slides. I’ve been using novelty as a training strategy since 2004.
  67. 67. Hi! I’m Kelly Pfeiffer and I created these slides. I’ve been using novelty as a training strategy since 2004. Now I also teach trainers and teachers how to integrate novelty into their classrooms.
  68. 68. Hi! I’m Kelly Pfeiffer and I created these slides. I’ve been using novelty as a training strategy since 2004. Now I also teach trainers and teachers how to integrate novelty into their classrooms. You can find me and novel ideas at … GoInteractiveTraining.com@GoInteractiveKP @GoInteractiveTraining

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