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Brain Rule 1: Exercise Boosts Brain Power

I am a HUGE fan of Dr. John Medina’s Brain Rules books and videos. And as it turns out many of his rules perfectly correlate with the IdeaLearning Group philosophy. Over the next few days I’ll be uploading some of these funny and smart clips.

Rule #1: Exercise Boosts Brain Power. Wow – this reinforces our Think, Feel, Move™ model.


IdeaLearning Group Comments On Health Care Reform In The Portland Business Journal

Jillian Douglas, principal partner with Portland-based IdeaLearning Group LLC, is quoted in the Portland Business Journal.

“She and her business partner will now buy health insurance for themselves. As a small business, IdeaLearning could

qualify for the 35 percent credit on their premiums. ‘We’re feeling pretty optimistic,’ she said.”

As learning advocates we support healthy bodies and healthy minds for all.


Learning Technique: “Read It, Write It, Say It”

Learning hasn’t always been my strength, so it’s ironic that I am the co-owner of an employee development and training company. When I was a kid in school I used to dread having to memorize dates in history, vocabulary lists and multiplication tables. My Mum has a great technique always seemed to work and now through rose colored glasses I see the wisdom of her ways.

“READ IT, WRITE IT, SAY IT.” – I can still hear her drumming that into me! When I wasn’t too lazy to try I would apply her technique almost always with great results. Of course what she was doing was engaging me cognitively (read it, say it) and physically (write it).

Now, take that same technique a step further and incorporate emotional engagement. I could have created a story using the vocabulary words, or created a mental picture or just had a dialogue about the content with my Mum, a friend or someone with whom I felt an emotional connection.

At IdeaLearning Group we take the Read it, Write it, Say it concept and create physically, emotionally and cognitively engaging employee learning experiences.

Looks like my Mum was onto something!

Adult Training Can Be A Lot Like Kindergarten

Everything I needed to know about learning, I learned in kindergarten.

My twin boys are in kindergarten this year – a big milestone for the whole family. As a student of learning, it has been interesting for me to observe the similarities in elementary and adult learning methods.

I have been impressed with the integration of curriculum across all experiences. For example in October, in keeping with a Halloween theme, their teachers introduced curriculum around skeletons. The kids learned about foods to keep their bones strong by eating yogurt, cheese and other high calcium snacks and they cut out pictures of individual bones and glued them together to create skeletons. Great stuff, but I was amazed to find out that in music class (yes… in a public school!) they were singing “the leg bone’s connected to the knee bone, the knee bone’s connected to the thigh bone, the thigh bone’s connected to the hip bone…” remember that one? That week the librarian read them a story about skeletons and in gym class they were reminded that exercise strengthens their bones. By the end of the week they knew an awful lot about the insides of their bodies and were gleefully telling me all about it. They had participated in brain based learning and made their mom proud.

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