Allen Presents Interactive Educational Workshop

October 11, 2011

Rich AllenInternational author and consultant, Dr. Rich Allen, presented an interactive workshop Green Light Classrooms: Teaching Techniques That Accelerate Learning to more than 230 Mount Union students and faculty members on Saturday, September 24 on the University of Mount Union’s campus.
Allen believes that in order for instruction to be effective it must be interactive. Teaching can’t rely too heavily on telling.  He gave illustrations to the attendees on how to use novelty to intrigue the mind and inspire curiosity. 
“Some characterize memorization as a bad thing,” said Allen.  “If they can’t remember it, they never learned it.” 
Memorization can be an important component of learning, but if a teacher wants a student to memorize, something, he or she must teach them how. Allen polled the audience and the overwhelming majority considered themselves to be bad at memorization.  He then introduced the concept of “pegs” and “pegging” information, and in a very short time the attendees had memorized nearly 40 items.
Another important component of brain-compatible teaching is the effective use of music in the classroom. Allen stressed that music enhances mood, motivation and memory. He encouraged teachers to have music playing before class, during movement, in the background and after class all in an effort to enhance the use of themes. 
To provide authenticity, Jenn Currie, a sixth grade teacher and consultant from Greenville, PA, assisted Allen. She gave examples of how “green light teaching” has inspired students and ignited the desire for learning in her classes.
At the end of the workshop, Allen autographed copies on one of his latest books, High Five Teaching K-5, which is used in the Mount Union course, Introduction to Early Childhood Education. He also has authored five additional books and has two on the press. The University has used four of his books
Allen earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and theatre and both a master and doctorate degree in educational psychology from Arizona State University. He regularly consults with educational organizations, school systems and corporate clients in the United States and Internationally.
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