Dr. Dennison, Academic Director at Greenbrier Academy, has introduced Quantum Learning to the teachers at the Academy. He notes that youth at Greenbrier Academy will benefit form Quantum Learning strategies as teachers are introduced to the concepts and are trained in the techniques. As students at Greenbrier Academy for Girls are exposed to Quantum Learning strategies in the classroom they will experience growth in academic performance that will be measured by scores in classroom and annual assessments across all academic domains.
What is Quantum Learning? Quantum Learning is a comprehensive model that covers both educational theory and immediate classroom implementation. It integrates research-based best practices in education into a unified whole, making content more meaningful and relevant to students’ lives.
“Quantum Learning helps the teacher to orchestrate success by modeling proven strategies that motivate students and boost academic achievement. The Quantum Learning System is a synergy of best practices supported by educational research and can be framed around any K-12 subject or content that is taught in the classroom.” http://www.qln.com/
As a supportive delivery system, Quantum Learning allows teachers to present their content in a way that engages and energizes students. This model integrates learning and life skills, resulting in students who become effective lifelong learners who are responsible for their own education. Quantum Learning delivery concepts mirror so effectively the Relationality Model used at Greenbrier Academy. Students discover that the bases of most difficulties are formed in unhealthy relational patterns including academic failure. Distractions that are formed through poorly formed cognitive beliefs regarding primary relationships are often transferred into false or poorly conceptualized beliefs about one’s ability to perform academically.
Quantum Learning addresses how the learner receives, retains, and transfer knowledge from short-term to long-term retention, and understanding that this process occurs during sleep-state allows the teacher to present the academic in such a way that the information is presented as impactful, dynamic, and meaningful. This allows the student to store material learned during the lesson in the short-term memory. This is not a matter of inability to retain or delayed by learning disability (faculty beliefs about one’s ability to learn); it is about presentation and delivery of the academic information. If the learner is a willing participant in the academic process, she will be exposed to the impact and dynamic material; it will “stick” in the short-term memory and then later be transferred to long-term retention thus improving academic scores across all domains.
Dr. Dennison notes that Quantum Learning is founded on Eight Keys of Excellence including: Integrity, Commitment, Failure Leads to Success, Ownership, Speak with Good Purpose, Flexibility, This Is It!, and Balance. Dr. Dennison believes all teenagers can learn, though they may do this differently. Learning, he has found, is effective when it is joyful, engaging and challenging.
Additionally, the Eight Keys are best implemented when community members (such as those members at Greenbrier Academy who are made up of the youth, mentors, teachers, therapists, and administrators) support and reinforce the key principles of Quantum Learning.