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10 Things I’ve Learned
From Sharon Bowman
By Deborah Ward
#10 - John Medina Rocks
Lunch
Lunchdon’t
#9 - Humans need to feel safe in order to learn. By
connecting them to each other, we help create an
envi...
#8 - Collect feedback early and often
Learners LOVE to tell you
what they know.
Don’t wait for the
“evaluation” to find ou...
#7 - Brains & Bodies Need Breaks
#6 - Content is KING
Every part of your
lesson plan
should connect
learners to
content
#5 - Signals trump Shouting
Establish signals with your learners
at the beginning of the training that
allow you to quietl...
#4 - Get them to Commit to Action
Give learners the opportunity to
make a note (and a commitment)
about what is important ...
#3 - Learning is FUN
Have a “snowball”
fight inside, write with
your butt … just a few
of the ways to let
learners laugh o...
#2- Adults DON’T learn differently from kids
everyone learns best
in an engaging,
active, and self-
directed
environment
…. and the #1 thing
drum roll,
please
#1 - Lecture is NOT a “must”
There are dozens of ways to introduce
learners to content that are more effective,
interestin...
Resources
1. Brain Rules by John Medina
2. Training From the Back of the Room (Active/
Accelerated and Brain-based Learnin...
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10 things i learned from sharon bowman

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Being a recent student and Certified Trainer in Sharon Bowman's Training From the Back of the Room has given me a WONDERFUL tool set for design, development and delivery of training using brain-based active learning strategies. Sharon's work has changed the way I "do" learning and performance and the learners in my classrooms are thrilled!

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10 things i learned from sharon bowman

  1. 1. 10 Things I’ve Learned From Sharon Bowman By Deborah Ward
  2. 2. #10 - John Medina Rocks
  3. 3. Lunch Lunchdon’t #9 - Humans need to feel safe in order to learn. By connecting them to each other, we help create an environment that is conducive to learning.
  4. 4. #8 - Collect feedback early and often Learners LOVE to tell you what they know. Don’t wait for the “evaluation” to find out if knowledge transfer has occurred. Leverage Sharon’s tools (a sample here) to collect feedback on knowledge/ skill transfer while you still have time to do something about it!
  5. 5. #7 - Brains & Bodies Need Breaks
  6. 6. #6 - Content is KING Every part of your lesson plan should connect learners to content
  7. 7. #5 - Signals trump Shouting Establish signals with your learners at the beginning of the training that allow you to quietly and authoritatively regain their attention. Some ideas: ● Raise your hand, when learners see your raised hand they raise theirs and turn their attention to you. Soon everyone follows suit. ● Flick the lights on and off a few times. ● Clap once if you can hear me, clap twice if you can hear me … soon everyone is clapping and paying attention to the facilitator
  8. 8. #4 - Get them to Commit to Action Give learners the opportunity to make a note (and a commitment) about what is important to them I WILL __________ __________ __________
  9. 9. #3 - Learning is FUN Have a “snowball” fight inside, write with your butt … just a few of the ways to let learners laugh out loud while they learn
  10. 10. #2- Adults DON’T learn differently from kids everyone learns best in an engaging, active, and self- directed environment
  11. 11. …. and the #1 thing drum roll, please
  12. 12. #1 - Lecture is NOT a “must” There are dozens of ways to introduce learners to content that are more effective, interesting and engaging than lecture - four of them are pictured here - give learners a framework, reference and access to each other’s knowledge and background as tools. They’ll connect with content, come up with questions and solutions and improve their ability to remember and access resources long after the training is over. Card Partners Standing Survey Self-Correcting Worksheets Reality Based Role-Play
  13. 13. Resources 1. Brain Rules by John Medina 2. Training From the Back of the Room (Active/ Accelerated and Brain-based Learning) a. http://www.bowperson.com/ b. Books c. Micro-courses

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