5D Learning

 

Do you ever find learning boring or frustrating? Can it seem to take forever? Or do you witness your children struggling at school and wish you could help in some way?

Would you like to make learning more effective and enjoyable for your students?

There are 5 key things to fun, fast, effective learning

The Science of 5D Learning

The brain accounts for 2% of our body weight,

  • it uses over 20% of all the oxygen (more than any other organ)
  • 25% of all blood flow
  • 30% of all the water the body takes in
  • 40% of all nutrients consumed.

Therefore, it is important to ensure that enough oxygen and blood flow can reach the brain, that we are fully hydrated and we eat the correct fats and proteins that the brain needs.

Sometimes we may get a brain – freeze, we are in the middle of something and suddenly the answer that we need has vanished or our focus has drifted. This could be because our brain is lacking in essential oxygen, nutrients or water, and taking a 5 minute break, doing some deep breathing and drinking some water can all support positive brain functioning.

Relaxation – includes physical exercise and stretching, as well as releasing tension and deep breathing. Physical exercise increases blood flow and oxygen to the brain, briefly exercising for 20 minutes facilitates information processing and memory functions. Deep breathing helps to slow down the brain waves and put us in the correct ‘frame of mind’.

Collaboration  – collaborating and learning with others has multiple benefits; it provides opportunities for expanding our learning by playing games, learning through observation of others and discussion exercises.

Wholeness – using both sides of the brain, multi sensory learning and taking in the right nutrients and water that the brain needs.

Memory  – the brain automatically makes associations, between what it does know and what it doesn’t. Learning is a process where the brain connects knowing and not knowing together. If we encourage this by consciously making associations, using visualisation techniques and reviewing information at regular intervals, then the information that we are learning goes into our long term memory much quicker.

Teaching – the process of explaining something to another person strengthens the neural pathways in the brain and develops the sense of understanding of the topic. Peer teaching involves exploring a topic from different perspective and gaining clarity on every aspect of the topic.

What’s next?

Teacher training packages available for teachers who want to implement 5D Learning into your teaching and help your students to reach their learning potential.

Please contact me for more information

To find out how I developed 5D Learning and my approach to teaching, see my journey of learning.

Curious learning

A great way to learn something quickly and effectively, is to become curious about the subject.

Where you are 54, 24 or 4, the key thing is to imagine you are around 4 years old! Do you remember, that curiosity, excitement and wonder about new things?

Alternatively, when you last went to a new place, either on holiday or visiting a new town, were you interested in exploring what was there? What were the different places and sites to visit and see?

Whether you are learning something new as a hobby or as part of a job, the first thing is to find something positive about it, like exploring a new place. Are you curious to find out more about the topic? If not, how can you find that curiosity?

In an article on some of the ways to speed up learning a language, Daniel Tammet writes -

‘Like the child you once were, the little boy or girl who mastered your mother tongue, play with language. Exaggerate a word’s sounds, or picture what they remind you of (a bird’s call, a train rushing past, heavy boots marching along a sunny stone-paved street).’ Here is the full article

Curiosity applies to all subjects, not just languages. It also help to make the learning more enjoyable and increases the student’s interest in the topic.

Have fun learning!

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