Warm-Ups for the TBR Class, April 6th – 7th 2017, San Diego

TBRWkbkCoverFinalA4 1If you’re a regular reader of my blog, you already know about “Warm-Ups.” And you already know about TBR (“Training from the BACK of the Room!”). And you may already be planning to attend the TBR class on April 6th – 7th 2017, in San Diego, California.


‘Warm-Ups” are short, quick, optional pre-program activities that brain scientists call “priming.” Warm-Ups informally introduce learners to concepts that will be formally covered in traditional instruction in the near future.

Before any training or class, and especially before my 2-day TBR train-the trainer program, I always email Warm-Ups to registered participants about 2 – 3 weeks before the training dates. The Warm-Ups familiarize participants with some of the concepts that will be covered during the class. When the formal instruction takes place, participants will be able to make more mental connections and deepen their understanding of the concepts because of the Warm-Ups.

Below are the Warm-Ups that I am sending out to registered participants for the upcoming April 6th – 7th “Training from the BACK of the Room” class in San Diego. Whether or not you’re attending this class, you might be interested in doing some of these short, quick activities, if you haven’t already done so.

By doing these Warm-Ups, you will become familiar with many of the important concepts that are crucial to the success of any brain-based instruction.

Warm-Ups for the April 6th – 7th 2017 TBR Class:

1. Click on my website’s MICRO-COURSES page and view three of the short, image-rich slide presentations there. One you should view is “The 6 Trumps.” The other two are ones you will choose that interest you. During the upcoming class, be ready to summarize what you learned from these micro-courses.

2. Watch “Move. Don’t. Sit. Still” and “Sticky Teaching” on the SLIDES FROM SLIDE SHARE page. Then watch one more slide presentation of your own choosing. Again, be ready to give a short summary about one of the three slide presentations to your table group during the class.

brain_rules_cover_3d_white13. On VIDEOS FROM YOUTUBE, watch “Rethinking Learning: An Introduction to Brain Rules” by John Medina, a molecular biologist and the author of one of the best brain science books of the 21st century. If interested, watch one or more of the slide presentations marked “next” that follow this one.

4. Interview someone who, in your opinion, is an expert in training or teaching others. Find out what he or she considers important whenever face-to-face classroom instruction is done. Be ready to summarize the interview for your table group during the class.

5. If you haven’t yet watched an RSAnimate production on YouTube, you’re in for a treat! Log onto VIDEOS FROM YOUTUBE and watch “Changing Education Paradigms” – a ten-minute “fast-draw” presentation about the history of education and present day implications for all trainers, instructors, and learning facilitators.

6. You might find the following blog posts interesting, as well:

“Brain Power: From Neurons to Networks” by Tiffany Shlain

Who’s Doing the Most Talking, Moving, or Writing?

Emotion Versus Logic: You’re Appealing to the Wrong Organ!

The Backwards Brain Bicycle

Looking forward to our 2-day learning adventure together April 6th – 7th 2017 in San Diego – see you then! 🙂 Sharon


  • Hi Sara: Thank you for your detailed and thoughtful summary of some of the things you’ve been learning from the Warm-Ups. Glad they are useful and helpful! Looking forward to meeting you F2F at the TBR Trainer Certification Course next week in San Diego! 🙂 Sharon

  • Hi Jaya: Glad you’re looking forward to the class – we’ll meet very soon! 🙂 Sharon

  • Hi, Sharon! Since I attended the TBR 2-day course some time ago, I took some time to review the Warms-Ups again prior to the Certification Course in San Diego. This time around, a few different things caught my attention, as I’m starting to think about my learners for TBR courses in the future.

    In particular, the video about the Ron Clark Academy was awesome – a great way to shake things up, especially since one of my target audiences includes traditional educators! I also like the Blog Post to get my learners to think about “Who’s Doing the Most Talking, Moving, or Writing,” which should be relevant to all of my potential learners. Lastly, the Backwards Brain Bicycle hit home on many levels, including how much effort it takes to break a habit (algorithm) and how easy it is to slide back into the “old” way of doing things (or thinking about things). I shared this with a colleague who does a lot of work with diversity and bias because I could see very clear parallels between the challenges she faces and the ones I face.

    Thank you for some great resources!

  • Jaya Shrivastava

    Hi Sharon, really very excited after this itself, looking forward……

Thank you for reading!