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Nelson, Denise Kae

Nelson, Denise Kae

New Options to Enhance Teaching and Learning
Denise Kae Nelson
Abstract

The paper reviews the latest information on the function of the brain and the learning process. It includes a discussion of how the brain works, a review of learning styles and an investigation into Neuro Linguistic Programming. Neuro Linguistic Programming is the study of how individuals use their senses to learn and store memories. The overall goal of the project is to help educators understand how to help students learn to their fullest potential.

This study provides options for teachers to create a better learning environment. It offers ideas for practical use of this knowledge in teaching as a whole and specifically in a music classroom.

An understanding of how the brain works offers educators the information needed to assist students in whole-brain activities. The knowledge of the variety of learning styles may motivate teachers to reflect on the many theories of researchers. Teachers can use this information to discover more about their students and create lesson plans that reach each learning style. Neuro Linguistic Programming offers suggestions for educators for creating a better environment for learning.

This paper explains Neuro Linguistic Programming and describes techniques of NLP that have benefits for all educators. These techniques include rapport-building ideas, motivational tools, visual, auditory and kinesthetic learning strategies, and ways of improving verbal and nonverbal communication skills.

The ideas in this paper offer educators a basis to understand the learning process and thus assist students in their life-long learning.

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