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Different Trumps Same: Getting the Brain to Pay Attention

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By Sharon Bowman. How to get - and keep - the brain's attention in any learning environment. For teachers, trainers, instructors, and presenters.

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Different Trumps Same: Getting the Brain to Pay Attention

  1. Forteachers, trainers, instructors, and presentersFrom Using Brain Science to Make Training Stick by Sharon Bowman
  2. so this presentation is about you as well as about the people you teach, train, and instruct.
  3. You willrememberthem longerif you do.
  4. Thehuman brainis genetically hardwired to notice 4 general things:
  5. The brain pays more attention to things in theenvironment that are new to a person’s experience.
  6. The brain pays more attention to things that are in contrast to other things in the environmentOR to things that are in contrast to what came before.
  7. Meaning
  8. Meaning The brain pays more attention to anything that a person determines is meaningful to him or her.
  9. The brain pays more attention to anything that makes a person respond emotionally.
  10. Can you write down the 4 general things the brain notices(without looking back at the slides)?
  11. The brain quickly learns to ignore anything that is routine, repetitive, predictable, or just plain boring.
  12. how do you keep environments like these from becoming routine, repetitive, predictable, and boring?How do you get –and keep – thebrain’s attention?
  13. You alreadyknow the answer:
  14. You alreadyknow the answer:Add novelty, contrast,meaning and emotion to the learningenvironment.
  15. Can you spot the novelty and contrastillustrated by the next slide?
  16. color-filled room
  17. color-filled room
  18. Can you spot the meaning and emotionillustrated by the next two slides?
  19. You have just givenyour brain an oxygenboost which willhelp you learn better. You can encourage learners to do the same in order to get more oxygen to THEIR brains.
  20. Choose the correct word or phrase in theparenthesis to complete each sentence:1. The brain (pays attention to; ignores) a learning environment that always remains the same.2. The brain (notices; does not notice)anything different from what a person is used to.
  21. 1. The brain (pays attention to;ignores) a learning environment that always remains the same.2. The brain (notices; does not notice)anything different from what a person is used to.
  22. 1. Change anything!
  23. Change: learning groups, learning activities, instructional methods, media, props, materials, environmental elements,stories, metaphors, analogies, and content-delivery timing (make it shorter).
  24. 2. Let learners create.
  25. Let learners create: wall charts, posters, presentations, skits, teach-backs, quizzes, 3-dimensional metaphors, table group demonstrations,review activities, worksheets, and artistic representations of content.
  26. learner-created wall chart
  27. Click back to slides #38 and#40 and choose one ideafrom each list to use in yournext class or training. Writethe ideas down so you willremember them.
  28. In a nutshell:
  29. Different trumps same. Make the learning experience different from what learners are traditionally used to.
  30. Use novelty, contrast, meaning,and emotion to get and keep the brain’s attention.
  31. Reread your notes.Write down what youplan to do with whatyou learned from thisslide presentation.
  32. How were the elements ofnovelty, contrast, meaning, and emotion in this slide presentation used to get YOUR brain to pay attention?
  33. If you liked this presentation, you’ll like “Teaching Adults ANYTHING in 4 Easy Steps” and“Movement Trumps Sitting” on www.slideshare.net
  34. Content from: Using Brain Science to Make Training Stick! Author: Sharon Bowman © 2011 All rights reserved.Please cite the source when quotingcontent from this slide presentation. www.Bowperson.com
  35. SharonBowmanwww.Bowperson.com
  36. More books bySharon Bowman www.amazon.com for book purchases www.Bowperson.com for free book excerpts

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