Concepts and Methods
Dr. Rudy Magnan
Warning: This seminar may change the way you think about how students learn!
Useful Information that will help your students
- Improve Understanding
- Challenge What Is Presented
- Become Productive Learners
- Improve The Quality Of Thinking
Powerful Information that will help you
- Promote Clarity and Relevancy
- Helping Students Become Idea Generalors
- Think Critically and Creatively
- Increase Verbal Interaction
- “Harvest" Quality Ideas/Concepts
THE TEACHER AND THE STUDENT WILL LEARN TO
- Use class time in five-seven minute intervals during three phases of gathering, challenging, and harvesting
- Focus on productive learning outcomes using specific information processing techniques and questions that stimulate perceptual activity
- Increase student verbal interaction between students and teachers
- Foster collaborative learning among students and teachers
- Create a dynamic learning environment where students want to participate in the classroom discussion
- Move beyond the obvious information to discover alternate new ideas and information which can raise the cognitive level of understanding
- Review content to be taught with another perspective of aims, goals, and objectives
- Listen to other students' points of view and their particular perspective
- Adopt a deliberate "thinking process for generating, challenging, and harvesting information produced in the discussion
- Increase the quality and quantity of information in classroom verbal interaction
- Use ‘graphic representations' to improve learning
HOW TO USE “MINDSIGHT” THINKING TO:
- Help students think clearly
- Use simple techniques to enhance your teaching strategies
- Improve student verbal interaction in relation to the information to be learned
- Motivate students to articulate from the list their own awareness and perceptions
- Encourage students' ability to generate ideas/information based on their own thinking
- Show how increased articulation by them is expanding their understanding of content
- Create increased awareness of how important their perceptions and articulations are in the learning process
THE PRACTICAL PROGRAM
This thinking skill seminar will help teachers rethink how they organize instruction starting with their composing aims, goals, and objectives in daily lesson plans. The idea is to visualize what students normally do with a different perceptive focused more on process than on content. "Mindsight Thinking' is designed to enhance the information processing ability of students. New observations perceptions expand their line of information. Their level of processing increases in terms of the quantity of ideas and information. This becomes obvious during the three phases of the learning process, Generating, Challenging, and Harvesting ideas and information. What is expressed by students is believed to be from ten to one hundred times more productive in the learning process that what is expressed by the teacher.
Schools have ignored the importance of skill training. The result is evident in graduating student 's inability to articulate what they learned verbally and in their inability to articulate their understanding.
American student's performance on international testing continues to decline with a recent rank at the 37 percentile in math and low in skills like reading.
The ability to think is our most important human resource. American parents in a Gallup Poll identified thinking skills to be as important as literacy and numeracy(math). Graduating students admit to the lack of survival skill training.
The ability to think critically and creatively is critical in order to attain success in this new 'creative economy' where the new currency is having creative ideas. I have collaborated with the world's expert, Dr. Edward de Bono(Lateral Thinking) in training executives and teachers to attain creative and design thinking.