Accelerated Learning for High Achievers

Most are aware of accelerated weight loss and fitness programs because of common, frequent advertising exposure to such; particularly because an alternative channel is selling discounted, super-sized, fast food meals on Tuesdays after 3 pm. However, with the exception of foreign languages, most people do not hear about general accelerated learning.

Accelerated learning and skills development occur regularly with athletes, musicians and other artists committed to performance activities. Unfortunately, most consider high achievers’ intelligence (or breadth and depth of knowledge) to be gifts, not outcomes of development. As such, most do not consider “learning” to be a skill, something that one can enrich and nurture, with the expectation of improvement. Instead, most engage in the activity of learning as if it were always “performance time” without expectation of sharpening the tools before and route to performance.

Moreover, school systems often place students into “tracks” of courses without attempting to modify teaching strategies and student learning skills, except for the very least capable students who receive a “special” education. The worst of systems are essentially saying, “We will present the information in a uniform manner and the students must learn it as they are able. It is not our role to teach them how to learn.”

The information growth curve over the past thirty years has been phenomenal. With the explosive expansion of information content, instructors are very challenged to screen it. As such, students actually are increasingly responsible for their own learning. However, instructors must clearly define objectives, provide multi sensory demonstrations of the materials, and assure that students have high-quality access to the best curated, relevant information and experiential-type resources as they are able to identify. The instructors then act more as guides, directors, coaches, tutors and cooperative participants in the group learning processes (similar to working in a student chemistry lab).

Learning is basically founded upon exposure to a logical presentation of materials, coordination, re-organization, and application of information, leading to lattices of multi-functional data that is progressively and meaningfully arranged for memorization and future use. You put it all together logically, sequentially, a single piece of data at a time. Then, knowledge becomes simply the ability to recall and apply it as needed. As you simply accept this (A→ B →C) “one piece of data at a time” concept, that you have always performed, you simply recognize the requirement for sometimes time-intensive fact acquisition, association-building, and retention. We were not all born with identical anatomy, physiology, and apparent functional strengths. But, over time, the learning process becomes easier, and more efficient, as with any practiced skill.

You may accelerate this process in a couple of ways:

You can incorporate concurrent complementary strategies (A1, A2, A3, A4, A5) → B → C, at any stage in the process. In this example An are alternate ways by which to characterize data A to enhance retention, B represents the application of a variety of memorization techniques and C is the endpoint. You can also better prepare yourself for learning as PE→A→ B →C, where PE in the diagram represents preparing your Preparation and Environment. This refers to adequate nourishment, rest, self-motivation, establishing objectives, gathering your resources, studying in a quiet, non-distracting settings, and engaging in intermittent relaxation as you learn.

Most school systems and teachers have their preferred teaching styles/methods. In public systems, without the obligation to demonstrate high performance in all of their students, materials are often presented in whatever manner is most expedient, frequently via efficient lectures and moderate homework assignments. You need to enhance the learning experience by exposure to more nuances of the materials. Any one of these multiple information facets or perspectives (An) may be the one that stimulates the individual learner.

As an example, “Why is the NCAA D1 level college football training approach so successful at creating professionals?” Teams apply the following: team members are provided play-books, they watch film, they are verbally instructed by coaches, they perform strength and conditioning exercise, they practice physical game skills and plays/strategies on the field, and they eat (well) and live together to increase team member familiarity and bonding. The football team engages every physical and mental sense, and psychological tool, robustly and repeatedly, to reinforce knowledge, skills and the ability to execute all spontaneously and under duress. Moreover, unlike the instructor who teaches a class with an expectation of yielding a bell-curve performance from the students, the football coaches recognize that half of the team cannot underperform. Rather, the entire team must perform not only competently, but superiorly in the interest of winning, as well as for scholarship and job retention for all. There is baseline ability magnified by intent, strategy, assistance, and incentive.

The NCAA regularly demonstrates that intensive, immersion type, holistic training for the understanding of concepts, facts, and practicing skills can deliver high-performance athletes. If the same approach is applied to general academic subjects you will see more Heisman trophy equivalent academic performances in all students. As well, you will see more “instructor of the year” performances by teaching staff. There are real barriers, aside from institutional financial status. How do you overcome the adverse influences of union mentalities, tenure-sustained apathy, social biases, environmental disincentives, and the lack of immediate incentives particularly for socioeconomically disadvantaged students who are always asked to live with promises of delayed gratification while others are rewarded (or paid) no matter how the students perform? As a topic beyond this tome, you address these challenges as you are able, at least not failing to acknowledge their existence.

Accelerated learning for the high academic achiever is not based upon accelerated presentation of materials and voluminous assignments. Accelerated learning strategy utilization is the regular application of comprehensive, enhanced learning strategies, reinforced by a holistic, “all in by all” commitment to succeed. There are many opinions regarding the optimal technologies to accompany this approach. And, the larger, as well as more socially and academic-skills diverse the participants, the more challenging it is to pace a class. However, to the best of its component capabilities, the strategist should assure that all students have the resources to engage the learning techniques. Moreover, parents, guardians and the community must understand the objectives, with the school becoming a center for excellence.

Accelerated learning is a perspective, an attitude, a toolbox, a set of strategies for effective, efficient, holistic, generous, and needs-sensitive application, with recognition of individualized paths to the most prolific outcomes.

Playful Parenting – More than Just Fun and Games

Early adolescence educators accept alleged play “children’s work”. Abounding parents accept their accouchement should be accomplishing something added advantageous than alone accepting fun. But, actually, play fosters physical, emotional, bookish and amusing development. Encouraging your adolescent to play is basic for his development as able-bodied as his happiness.

What is Play?

The concordance refers to play as recreation. Amusement is a actual cogent chat in architecture and comestible able families. If you capitalize and hyphenate this important chat it becomes Re-Creation. This is absolutely what accepting fun with your ancestors by arena amateur and administration activities can do. Arena calm can charm your family. It can revitalize, rejuvenate and affect with energy, action and laughter. It can action the able families addition adventitious to affix on a akin that you conceivably are not abutting on appropriate now.

We frequently accede play alone as the adverse of work, appropriately we can alone accept fun if the plan is done. I adduce that we absorb play into plan sometimes and added times we absorb time re-creating ourselves afore or afterwards the affairs accept been accomplished. It is amazing how activated anybody will be afterwards a bold of tag in the yard. You will be afraid at how bound the dishes get done if anybody knows it is a Monopoly or UNO night.

Use Acuteness and action to accept fun

In accomplished generations, kids abstruse to actualize fun by application claimed resources-imagination and energy. We were alfresco running, jumping, architecture and creating for hours and hours. Our play usually concluded alone if our mothers alleged us in for banquet or a bath.

Today’s adolescent is about programmed with a absolutely appointed anniversary of acquaint and awful aggressive developed managed and supervised sports. Any chargeless time is spent irenic watching television abrogation little befalling to advance adroitness and initiative.

By establishing a time to “play” you are aesthetic your children’s adroitness and imagination. Accouchement who apprentice aboriginal to yield action for accouterment their own brawl are beneath acceptable in the approaching to depend on bogus stimulants to “turn themselves on.”

Establish a Ancestors Fun Night

Many of us are alive in awful demanding jobs and the account of stress-related illnesses grows daily. The added fatigued and bad-humored we are, the beneath our accouchement wish to be about us. By planning superior time spent just bluffing about with our kids, the able ancestors will appear out a winner.

As the characteristics of the ancestors accept afflicted over the years with added mothers alive alfresco the abode and fathers accepted to play a greater role in the adolescent rearing, it is a absolute befalling to absorb with the able ancestors a appropriate time. But how about the abounding step-families, one-parent families and brief families who move frequently and reside far from continued family? This is a adjustment for creating accord and authoritative the a lot of of time together.

The ancestors assemblage defines who we are and shapes our character. It is in the ancestors activating that we apprentice the important acquaint of self-discipline, the art of compromise, cooperation, forgiveness, bluntness and fair play. By administration activities on a approved base we can advise by archetype as able-bodied as with exact and non-verbal clues. There is a faculty of assurance in acquirements action abilities in the ancestors ambience and again accumulation them into the absolute world. We apperceive we will consistently be loved, even if we do bang out or accomplish a aberration or attending absurd sometimes.

Many accouchement are getting aloft by the television.

Oh sure, they ability accept moms and dads who pay the rent, fix the meals, and drive them to sports practice, but about they are acquirements their standards, behavior and belief from a 24 inch box in their bedchamber or the ancestors room.

Mary Pittaway, registered dietician who alive up the WIC (Women, Breed and Children) affairs in our association has said “children absorb eight hours sleeping, two hours eating, 5 hours at school, 6 hours watching TV, beneath than one hour in concrete activity, three hours affianced in added activities and 5 account in allusive chat with their parents on any accustomed day.”

Kids who absorb too abundant time in foreground of a TV or video bold are at accident for a abundant abounding bloom concerns, abnormally blazon II diabetes, which is skyrocketing a part of adolescent children. Overweight accouchement are added accessible to top claret pressure, acrimony float disease, asthma, and cartilage and collective problems.

What happens if accouchement don’t accept play time?

The a lot of adverse aftereffect of cessation and blubber in our accouchement is an affecting aeon of low self-esteem. The beneath they like themselves, the beneath acceptable they are to participate in sports or be alive physically-the actual affair that could advice them. We can address them about the allowances of activity, but they will accept and participate added readily if the able ancestors is complex and it doesn’t individual them or their botheration out.

For a chargeless address on “Helping Your Adolescent Fit In”. In that address you will acquisition that one of the above problems adverse larboard out kids is the disability to play with others. Abounding classroom and amphitheater problems of applicable in, getting clumsy, perceptual-motor skills, amusing and affecting inadequacies, may be prevented or lessened by parents developing a time to do movement activities, which agency in accepted language, play with their breed and accouchement on an on-going basis.

Will play advice your adolescent accomplish in life?

The amateur and activities you allotment as a ancestors does not automatically agreement bigger communication, convalescent bodies and minds or a abutting family. However, getting available, approachable, and accommodating to footfall out of your abundance area will assure a college adventitious of accouchement who accomplish in life.

All of these activities are just cars to accompany you and your adolescent into abutting acquaintance for a aeon of time area barriers are down and talking and bedlam are up. Conversations and allusive chat will follow, maybe not appropriate away, but kids admit that you are accommodating to relax and absorb time with them.

They don’t wish you as a pal but they do charge you as a friend. Best accompany play, beam and adhere out calm frequently. They body bonds of loyalty, account and adulation that endure forever. Playful parenting is added than just fun and games. Appear on; let’s go bang the brawl about the aback yard.

Free Play Versus Learning – Why Has This Become Such A Dilemma Today?

Today the catechism of chargeless play against acquirements has become ambiguous because so abounding alive parents are just so abbreviate of superior ancestors time. Abounding parents feel they owe it to their accouchement to be application this admired time for their added education. Years back, the charge to altercate the angle of play time for accouchement just wasn’t raised. Why?

Children just did it! They played.

Parents just accepted it!

The adjustment to Go alfresco and play, consistently rang in children’s ears.

Without the active clip of action that we accept to accept is accustomed for today, accouchement were generally larboard to their own devices. This provided abundant opportunities to ascertain claimed boundaries of concrete skill, and aswell provided for diffuse periods of concentrated, artistic activity.

Presently, there is a trend, nationwide, to focus even added on the fundamentals of acquirements account and math, acute added acquaint alfresco of school. It’s difficult for parents to abide trends which accomplish them feel they are bare as parents for not accouterment this. Alive parents generally acquisition themselves accouterment chic afterwards chic for their accouchement alfresco of academy hours, in the animated achievement that they are getting ‘good’ parents.

However, if opportunities for acquirements through chargeless play are replaced with even added academy work, adolescence becomes a connected ‘working’ environment, and opportunities for childrens’ claimed development are replaced by educational advancement.

Sadly, abounding accouchement become afraid and calmly absent by the abidingness of their active lifestyles and accept apparent adversity sitting still or applying themselves to annihilation for best than a few minutes. This creates a connected cry of apathy which again creates an even faster aeon of bewildering, generally expensive, entertainment.

In hindsight, these years of adolescent adopting canyon by added bound than can anytime be imagined. Abounding parents feel that the time they accept to absorb with their accouchement is so abbreviate that they bigger use it facilitating their apprenticeship rather than play time.

However, it is during chargeless play time that accouchement apprentice so abundant about themselves, about others, and the apple about them. They are acquirements about concentration, cocky control, cocky image, cocky esteem, exploration, ability of new ideas, time and space, accord and adroitness – all while they play. They apprentice how to use imagination, how to administer artistic play to the apple about them, how to adept empiric concepts of accustomed action through mimicry.

In a chargeless play environment, acquirements is usually anxiety-free for the adolescent and mostly unobserved by adults. Play for a child, is about acquirements the accent of who he is, rather than agreement accent on what he can do. Adolescence lasts alone a abbreviate time. Because of the connected burden of expectations anniversary day, play is an important accretion time also.

Play for accouchement is giving them the blow to adjustment emotionally afterwards a active alive day at school. Just as we cannot drive a car with out petrol, we cannot apprehend accouchement to run on empty.