Tip #950:  How to Make Learning Sweet

There is an old Talmudic (Jewish) custom. When a child goes to study the Torah (which is a religious text) they have the child touch a page of the Torah and then dip their finger in honey to learn that learning is sweet.

There are so many ways to make learning sweet. Taken literally, you can bring bowls of candy. You can create a comfortable learning environment with seating arranged in pods, kinesthetic objects on the participants’ tables (Koosh balls, pipe cleaners, glitter wands, etc.), and colorful kites on the walls. You can play relaxing or energizing music, depending on the learning activity.

You can also sweeten learning by treating the participants with respect, providing content that is useful and relevant to their needs, drawing them in to obtain their buy-in to the content, showing colorful humorous comics or clipart that capture key concepts, and using engaging and skill-building learning activities that are intended to build their confidence in their own competence.

That’s what I do.

Question: What are your favorite ways to make learning sweet?

May your learning be sweet- and safe.

Deborah

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