Tanya’s Teaching Tips

creativity

Welcome to Tanya’s Teaching Tips. Here you will find tips to improve teaching and accelerate learning.

Creativity in the classroom

Creativity is not just for creative subjects! There’s lots of things that you can do to add in more creativity to lessons, it could just be something as simple as playing background music – it can create a calming atmosphere and help make information memorable.

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The brain naturally associates, this is why mind maps are an effective revision technique. Memory champions using linking to encourage clearer associations and easy recall.

Link new information to something familiar, connect topics together or link the subject to the bigger picture.

 

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Do you know any jokes? If not, ask the students for some. This is what a recent observer of a language workshop had to say about laughter – “On the subject of happiness, there was a lot of laughter in the class and I’m so glad it was encouraged. I believe that whilst reminiscing, the class will remember words and phrases that evoked fun and laughter, so they will associate the language and the learning with good times and be encouraged to learn more.”

 

What are your top teaching tips?

Teachers and parents as positive role models

One of the most natural ways we learn is from observing others. Children watch and observe the world around them and then repeat what they learn. Body language, habits, expressions and ways of being – children take it all in … Continue reading

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Epilepsy and Learning 2

The top 10 things epilepsy has taught me about learning Part 2 This is part 2 of the top 10 thing that epilepsy has taught me about learning. If you haven’t read part 1 yet, take a look here 6. … Continue reading

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Epilepsy and Learning 1

The top 10 things epilepsy has taught me about learning Part 1 I am a teacher, specialising in effective learning. I have epilepsy, a neurological condition that affects more than half a million people in the UK. It has shaped … Continue reading

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Happy learning

This is my first post in a series of happiness and learning. In this series, we will explore: happiness in schools happiness as part of emotional wellbeing how happiness benefits your health Finland’s success with happy teaching activities for happy … Continue reading

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Epilepsy and memory

Epilepsy is a great teacher. It is one of the things that sparked my curiosity and fascination about memory. I first had a grand mal seizure when I was 11 on an autumnal evening. Even though it was many years … Continue reading

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Short term memory

Recently I led a workshop for Dyspraxic Me, a charity that puts on events for young people with Dyspraxia. One of the common links between the participants was in their short term memory – easily forgetting someone’s name or where … Continue reading

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Improve your productivity with accelerated learning

Accelerated learning is not just for studying, education or learning a new skill, the principles can be applied to improve your productivity. In our modern technological world, it is quite common to be sat at a desk for long periods … Continue reading

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8 year old wisdom

Happiness

Where does happiness come from? Where do you feel happiness in your body? What key things are linked with happiness? These are some of the questions I raised with an 8 year old student in a discussion about words, spelling … Continue reading

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Learning

‘The more things you read, the more things you will know. The more things you learn, the more places you’ll go. – Dr Seuss  

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Happiness and size

‘A small house will hold as much happiness as a big one.’ – Author unknown

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