Harnessing the Power of Poetry
Brain Based Learning
Brain-based education is based on cutting-edge research about how the brain learns. It uses current, fact-based research and applies it to help students learn effectively and efficiently, as opposed to teaching concepts in ways that do not parallel what we know about the brain’s ability to connect and retain new information. A common analogy for how brain-based learning works is “connecting the dots.” We use what already exists (experiences, interests, information, mood, emotions …) as starting points to relate new concepts and ideas.
Anita's informal teaching practice enhances learning by challenging and boosting participants’ neurological development through the process of poetry and improvisation. This encourages the growth of more complex, interconnected neural structures, improving the ability to retain, assimilate and contextualise knowledge, strengthening intuition, critical-thinking, empathy and health and wellbeing.
Poetry brings people together; it can enhance empathy and boost friendship and camaraderie within teams and between colleagues. Working with poetry fosters well-being and enhances presence. Notably, both the NHS and the teaching profession are using poetry to help their staff to cope with the pressures of their work environment. Training through poetry helps employees adapt to change, deal with setbacks, cope with pressure. The process boosts confidence, and the skills learned polish presentational ability and enhance erudition.
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I enjoyed "Anita's enthusiasm and sense of camaraderie among the group; ie anything goes! The session was brilliant"