Warm-Ups (Priming) for All “Training from the BACK of the Room” (TBR) Practitioner Classes

TBRWkbkCoverFinalA4 1Many blog readers already use “Warm-Ups” as a way of introducing learners to concepts that will be taught in an upcoming class or training. For those of you who plan to attend the official in-person, 2-day “Training from the BACK of the Room” (TBR) Practitioner Class in the near future, here are the class “Warm-Ups.”


“Warm-Ups” are short, quick, -class activities that brain scientists call “Priming.” Warm-Ups informally introduce learners to concepts that will be formally covered during an in-person or virtual class in the near future. This “pre-work” helps learners make stronger connections to the content being covered during the actual class.

The Warm-Ups below are for the official in-person, 2-day “Training from the BACK of the Room” (TBR) Practitioner Class. These Warm-Ups familiarize TBR participants with some of the concepts that will be covered during the class. Furthermore, when the formal TBR instruction takes place, participants will be able to make better connections to the content and deepen their understanding and retention of the concepts because of the Warm-Ups.

If you’re new to “Training from the BACK of the Room,” the Warm-Ups below will be a great introduction to TBR concepts and strategies. If you’re already using concepts/activities from TBR, the Warm-Ups will enhance what you already know. Remember, you can create and send out Warm-Ups like the ones below for your own classes and training programs.

Warm-Ups for All “Training from the BACK of the Room” (TBR) Practitioner Classes

1.DO: Click on this website’s MICRO-COURSES and view four of the short, image-rich slide presentations there. The two you MUST view are “The 6 Trumps” and “How to Map Your Instruction in 4 Simple Steps.” The other two are ones you will choose that interest you. During the upcoming TBR Practitioner Class, be ready to summarize what you learned from one of these micro-courses.

2. DO: Watch “Move. Don’t. Sit. Still” and “Sticky Teaching” on SLIDES ABOUT LEARNING, TEACHING, AND TRAINING.    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 Practitioner Class.

brain_rules_cover_3d_white13. DO: On VIDEOS ABOUT THE HUMAN BRAIN AND LEARNING 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 other videos 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! Click HERE, scroll down, 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: Click on the following blog post and download/print the Pocket Card set that you’ll find there: Enhancing Any Learning Experience with Pocket Cards – Set 2.

7. 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


Thank you for reading!