Neuro Linguistic Programming is the art of activating the neurons in your brain, explains Radha Prathi
It is a well known fact that reading, writing, speaking and listening are basic skills of thorough learning, but teachers find the method falling short in aiding some students in arriving at the desired levels of understanding. As a result, passionate teachers are brain-storming and discovering novel means to put across basic concepts to students in a more effective manner.
Of late, teachers are dappling with the idea of using Neuro Linguistic Programming popularly known as NLP in classrooms especially at the Montessori and primary school levels.
For those of you who are unfamiliar with this concept, it is a grand terminology for a system in which we put our five basic sensory organs of our body into use in order to garner appropriate vocabulary in any language.
The method of utilising sensory organs to learn is not a new concept to people who are challenged visually or aurally because they are taught to sharpen the skills of one sensory organ to compensate for the dearth of another to make their learning more meaningful. NLP is simply the art of activating the neurons in your brain in order to make them associate with verbal and non-verbal content of language in an organised way.
Helen Keller’s historic entry into the world of language began when she spelt the word water by dipping her hands into cold water with the help of her teacher. Her literal association with water made her break the ice with barriers that lay between her and constructive learning.
The teachers of normal children, who have witnessed the success of this method with physically challenged children, have toyed with the idea of incorporating this method while teaching their students as well.
In this method, students are encouraged to perceive the external stimuli putting their sensory organs into use and capture the concept, notion, word or belief and imbibe the same into their knowledge bank so that they can put it to use or relate to the same at a later date.
Sangeetha a teacher at a high profile kindergarten uses NLP to teach young ones to learn bilaterally. For instance when they are taught the customary ‘A for apple’, they learn different aspects of the apple in the NLP method. Not only do the kids get to see the apple, they are allowed to hold it feel it, smell it and even taste it.
The teacher draws the attention of the children to the sound that is created even as their milk teeth sink into the apple. In this manner students are introduced to various fruit, vegetables, food grains and cereals.
Some high-end primary schools have audio-video sessions where children are introduced to the world of animals, plants, places and things so that they get an idea of what the words mean when they actually put them into use.
Language laboratories which are the latest addition in schools not only encourage students to play word games, but also help them to understand the subtle variations in the meaning of the words by using practical lessons or videos.
Teachers who teach in schools with lesser facilities need not necessarily be losers. They can involve students in activities in a creative and practical manner by following these suggestions.
Children could be involved in a whole lot of physical activities while being taught the meanings of words like walk, amble, sprint, and jog. When they have to be told about different types of animals, birds or flowers they could be shown the same by using videos, posters or even simple hand-drawings.
They could be taken out on a field trip where they learn about different forms of soil like clay, mud, sand among other things. These are but a few examples that could be incorporated by interested teachers who teach at a primary level for a firm foundation in language can work wonders in aiding their comprehension skills of other subjects. NLP nurtures skills of observing, thinking and relating words and concepts and aims at improving the over-all perception of a subject.
Teachers who rate NLP highly cannot stop singing its praises. Dr V Shinty Antony principal of MSRCE vouches for this method as she feels that NLP is an interpersonal communication model and it is also an alternative approach to psychotherapy based on the subjective study of language, communication skills or when working on personal change.
A lot of enterprising young teachers hope to work wonders with the help of NLP which will take the student beyond the realms of spellings and phonetics helping them to explore life better.
DID YOU KNOW…
The five senses are popularly known as the Panchendriyas in India. They are Visual (Images), Auditory (Sounds), Kinesthetic (Touch, actions, feelings), Gustatory (Taste) and Olfactory (Smell)
Did you know that ancient teachers taught students to activate their panchendriyas and observe their properties in the initial stages of learning and also taught them to control the same to lead a sensible, balanced and spiritually elevated life?
Instances of neuro learning in mythology
* Archers were taught the art of Shabdha Vedhi Bana which meant that they could gauge the location of their target by listening carefully and send an arrow in that direction.
* When little Arjuna was having his meals, the flame of the lamp died leaving him in darkness. He realised that he could continue eating without light, which made him enthusiastic about learning to master archery even during darkness.
* Ekalavya learned archery by merely observing Drona’s class from a distance.
* It is said that Princess Vasavadatta learned to play on the Veena from king Udayana all the while having a curtain in between them and the entire learning process of learning was sans conversation.