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Evidence-based expert: Accelerate your classroom with these tips

Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, October 31, 2008

This week's expert, Adrianne E. Avillion, DEd, RN, shares how to successfully implement accelerated learning at your facility.

Q. What techniques can I use to facilitate accelerated learning?

A. Accelerated learning is the process of acquiring knowledge and skills at a rapid rate. Successful accelerated learning depends on a calm, supportive learning environment accompanied by the use of resourceful teaching strategies such as visual aids, graphics, music, imagery, and active learner participation. Try these techniques to facilitate accelerated learning:

  • Use techniques appropriate for all learning styles. Provide visual triggers such as flashcards, auditory triggers such as reciting information aloud, and kinesthetic triggers such as practicing psychomotor skills.
  • Incorporate the unusual. Learners remember unusual triggers best. Learning activities should be accompanied by music, role play, games, etc.
  • Include frequent breaks during learning activities. This is necessary whether the activity is in the classroom or part of distance learning.

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