Adding Life To Learning
Shakespeares rose by any other name might be as sweet-smelling, but as the acronym R.O.S.E., it might provide identity: Rare Odor; Sweet Essence.
We are living in an age that thrives on acronyms. Whether you work at IBM, AT&T or P&G, theres a good chance youve been a member of a SDWT (Self-Directed Work Team) initiated by the QC (Quality Control) department in order to increase EI (Employee Involvement). Acronym is of Greek origin, and perhaps even Attilas Huns were guys addicted to Hunting Unidentified Natives Savagely.
Not only do acronyms save time, but they also make one think, and, more importantly, remember. The initial letter abbreviations spark the obvious question, What does it mean? Once learned, the letters motivate an automatic response of recognition. Whats AQP? The Association for Quality and Participation.
We live in a multimedia, television society that is highly visual and increasingly accustomed to quick sound-bite delivery, states Deck. On average, television has a commercial interruption every eight minutes. Deck points out that despite the ever-increasing number of available TV channels, people still grumble that, Theres nothing on. According to a recent survey, 60 percent of television viewers watch with a remote control in hand. Channel surfing has become a TV way of life.
The results as people become acclimated to fast, choppy pieces of information they become numb to actual messages. No longer, then, can potential learners merely be talked to. They cannot be expected to shift easily from the familiar bits-and-pieces of a visual mode to an auditory one in which they are to just sit still and listen. According to Deck, Lesson content must be broken into chunks or blocks of learning. Content must be presented with visual variety and as much class participation as possible.
Time to Improve Memory Skills
Having planted these seeds of information, Deck then reviews
the clock positions with picture cards, asking participants to call out
the location or the meaning for each of the six positions. This mix of visual
and audio tools reinforces messages and improves memory.
Repetition, as in advertising, is the marketing of ideas, Deck states. Memory requires up to six times of repetition, either directly or subliminally. Watch a 30-second TV commercial and count how many times you see the product or hear the trade name.
Not Your Typical Presentation
How to introduce the subject
Possible strategies for the delivery might include repetition, visual aids, class participation, or an unusual presentation enhanced by activities, gestures or sounds.
I like to call this organizational plan the CPR of teaching, Deck declared, coming up with yet another acronym. The CPRs of teaching? Content Participation Review. This, she states, is the CPR that adds life to learning. Deck sums up with her belief that, Successful learning presentations do not take more time. They require more planning.