‘If your teacher uses Accelerated Learning you learn to use your brain. You learn by seeing, hearing and doing. I like the doing bits best, because I’m a doing person. I like body maths and role-play in science. It makes things sink into my brain much quicker than just listening to the teacher.’ Arvind, age 10.
Nicola describes her first book ‘The ALPS Approach’ as “the book I wish I’d read when I first started teaching". Her second book, 'The ALPS Approach Resource Book' is the practical handbook that she wishes had been available as she progressed through her career. It took her fourteen years in the classroom to develop the techniques that she describes in these books, which pull together Nicola's extensive teaching experience with Alistair Smith’s research to translate the theory into the practical. As a package, they call it the ALPSmethod™ of teaching.
It is hard to think of any way of learning that is not ‘brain-based.’ However, it is often difficult for the teacher in the classroom to know how to put the theory of brain-based learning into practice. ALPS draws upon examples from many different schools and classrooms. It uses the organizing metaphor of learning being a lifetime journey into the Alps. Below are the basic principles of teaching the ALPS way.
The books explain how to do all these things in detail, but if you want to find out more, click on the hyperlinks above. There are no hard and fast rules about how to begin to work using the ALPS approach. Simply try out aspects that appeal to you, and gradually work with colleagues to develop systems that work in your individual circumstances. Watch the progress of the children in your class accelerate!
If you want to read what children say about learning with ALPSmethod™, click here.
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