About the Quantum Learning Model at Greenbrier Academy for Girls

1157580_614973238553399_1017697077_nIf you were to ask our students who have been in the classroom for a semester what is Quantum, they would tell you it is the strategies used by the teachers to instruct the students at GBA. QL addresses environment, atmosphere, technique, and delivery of curriculum in the classroom and is based on experiential learning. Quantum methods used by teachers at GBA include over 186 techniques, colors, and moves to capture student attention, student involvement, and manipulation of curriculum materials. Why? QL is based on Quantum Psychology and the way the brain learns, receives information, retains it and then transfers information from short-term to long-term memory retention; which occurs during sleep state. This means that the information MUST BE, dynamic, informative, fun, and impactful in order for the material to STICK.

How may this look on any given day? Parents may walk into a classroom and see students juggling handkerchiefs, tapping fingers on wrist to rhymes, doing chalk-talk, engaging in picture prompts, practicing clock-face concepts, and echo rehearsals. They may be dressed up in Shakespearian clothing, building round houses, designing or wearing renaissance headpieces, or even sliding down the hillside in science class on ice blocks. Quantum Learning allows the academic experience to becoming a living experience.

“Quantum Learning helps those students with special needs by tapping into all of the different learning styles and tapping into all of the student’s strengths. By using 8 keys of excellence, the practice of Quantum Learning offers a wide variety of strategies of learning. Through the use of a common language and outlook, the students learn through hands on techniques. And for those students who have a fear of failure, Quantum Learning teaches them that failure leads to success, and they can learn from their mistakes.

14119221_SQuantum Learning Method Keeps Up with Rewired Brains

We now know experiences (our thoughts, feelings and actions) change the brain.

With teen (and all of our) experiences changing so rapidly (internet, video games, MTV, fast ad sound-bites etc.), their brains are changing rapidly and are different than teen brains 1, 5, or even 10 years ago. Our teaching methods (to these brains) need to change with the times. Quantum Learning methods are about matching; matching the audience…getting in the teens’ world and bringing them to the learning in engaging and exciting ways. Human beings of all ages learn best when a learning experience begins with a hands-on activity coupled with whole-body integrative movements. Real-time, real-world, first-hand concrete learning experiences for both children and adults provide the most substantive basis for concept development, conceptual understanding, and the potential for concept extension.

In Quantum Learning we teach “Experience before Label.” This is an important tenet of learning. Hands-on/minds-on/hearts-in learning opportunities involving tactile, cognitive, emotional, and social connections make possible the subsequent comprehension of symbolic presentations; they also foster abstractions and the creative thinking process. The mental constructs, derived from first-hand experience, later serve as the foundational basis for hypothetical constructs (the “what if” questions), leading to the highest levels of cognition and creativity. “There is no comprehension without picturing!” (QL brain idea #1). When students comprehend new concepts, they are then able to develop a more complicated thinking process around that concept.

-Written by Dr. Mark Dennison, Headmaster