Warm-Ups for the TBR Class, July 13th – 14th, Gilbert, Arizona

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!”). But if you’re not familiar with either, or if you’re a participant in the TBR class next week that will be held in Gilbert, Arizona, read on.


‘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 a week or two 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 “Training from the BACK of the Room” class, to be held July 13th – 14th in Gilbert, Arizona. If you’re new to the TBR concepts, these Warm-Ups will be a great introduction. If you’re already using TBR concepts, the activities below will help deepen your understanding and refresh your memory. You can also send out Warm-Ups like these with the topics you teach.

If you’re attending the TBR class in Gilbert next week, the activities below will help you become familiar with many of the important concepts that are crucial to the success of any brain-based instruction.

Warm-Ups for the July 13th – 14th 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 TBR 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 TBR 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. OPTIONAL: 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. OPTIONAL: 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. OPTIONAL: 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 July 13th – 14th in Gilbert – see you then! 🙂 Sharon


Thank you for reading!