The Jumpstarting™ Literacy and Numeracy Process is a new approach to overcoming learning difficulties.
This course is based on The Empowering Learning process developed by Olive Hickmott. It adopts a philosophy and is an approach that is all about understanding the learners’ experiences, what makes for successful learning and establishing where learning can go wrong.
The Jumpstarting™ Literacy and Numeracy Process includes three main tenets which can be seen below. These form the basis of the process and on the course you will learn how to impart this to your students easily, quickly and with rapid results. You will also get the research evidence supporting the process as well feedback from the principals and teachers who have been using it with such great effect in their schools and classrooms.
Mental Imagery is a skill for learning.
- Mental Imagery is essential for reading, effective spelling, making sense of and remembering what is read, mental calculations, problem solving and legible handwriting.
- Neuroscience has shown that fluent readers use 3 co-activated areas of the brain: knowing the pronunciation of the word, understanding the meaning and recognising the visual representation of the whole word.
- As it is developed naturally by some students it was believed that this was an inherent skill and therefore could not be taught – we now KNOW that this is not the case and it can be learned through the Jumpstarting process.
The Optimal Learning State
- Students learn most effectively when in the Optimal Learning State, i.e. relaxed body, alert mind.
- Some students cannot develop or control their mental imagery skills until they are in this state.
- Results have shown that knowing how to get into this state easily helps to lower stress, increase concentration and focus and also improves memory and recall.
- This skill is useful for the whole school and gives staff the tools for creating calmer students, calmer classrooms and a calmer school!
- Neuroscience has shown that being this state, often called ‘Flow’, helps students and staff to be more effective.
Meta-Cognition for Learners
- Mental Imagery skills can be learned provided the right training approach is applied.
- Helping students become more meta-cognisant about their inner mental processes helps them recognise their existing strengths and adjust any ineffective learning strategies accordingly.
- A ‘coaching’ approach is the best way to do this and includes:
- Active listening.
- The conscious use of language.
- Asking ‘discovery’ questions from a position of curiosity and investigation.
- Observing eye patterns, body language and other non-verbal communication.
The programme can help with the following and can be used in both mainstream classes and small learning support groups and individually:
- Literacy skills: spelling, reading, reading comprehension and writing
- Numeracy skills: mental arithmetic, geometry, addition and times tables, algebra
- General learning skills: memory, concentration, revision and exam techniques.
- Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, Dysgraphia, Dyspraxia and ADHD.