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TEACHERS.NET GAZETTE
Volume 4 Number 4

COVER STORY
No matter how many hundred of millions of dollars are spent, school reform initiatives will continue to produce unsatisfying results until we unflinchingly address the critical problem of teacher quality.
We're Still Leaving the Teachers Behind...
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We're Still Leaving the Teachers Behind by Vivian Troen & Katherine C. Boles
Bureaucrat's Field of Dreams: If You Test Them They Will Learn -- A Rousing, Rip-Roaring,Raving Rant by Bill Page
That's My Job! Promoting Responsibility in the Preschool Classroom by Mary E. Maurer
War Impacts Preschool Students -- Current events and behavior changes from the Teachers.Net Early Childhood Chatboard
TEAPOT Word Game - What Every Teacher Should Know! by Catherine Schandl
How To Use Anchoring for Accelerated Learning by Stelios Perdios
An Art Historian on Children in the Museum by Erick Wilberding
China ESL, An Industry Run Amuck? by Niu Qiang & Martin Wolff
Editor's epicks for April by Kathleen Alape Carpenter
Egg Hatching - A PowerPoint Presentation by Mechele Ussery
Direction for Teachers of Creative Writing by Dan Lukiv
Tutorial - High Frequency Words (for students who struggle) from the Teachers.Net Chatboard
Vocabulary Activities by Lisa Indiana 2-3
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About Stelios Perdios...
The author, Stelios Perdios is a science teacher in London. He has developed his understanding and practice of NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) in the classroom over the last ten years, within a very challenging teaching environment.


Teacher Feature...

How To Use Anchoring for Accelerated Learning

by Stelios Perdios


Anchoring is a powerful NLP technique for ensuring access to our greatest personal resources. Anchoring means creating an association of ideas, feelings, thoughts or states with a specific stimulus. This technique is not new. In a famous series of experiments, Dr. Ivan Pavlov placed hungry dogs near meat so they could smell it and see it but not reach it. The meat acted as a powerful stimulus to the dog's digestive processes, causing them to salivate copiously. While the dogs were in this intense state of hunger and salivation, Pavlov consistently rang a bell with a specific tone. Pavlov showed that he could then induce the dog's state of copious salivation, just by ringing the bell. The sight and smell of meat was no longer needed. Pavlov had created within each dog's central nervous system, a neurological link between the sound of the bell and the state of hunger and salivation. All Pavlov had to do was ring the same bell and the dogs would salivate. In other words he had created an anchor.

Whenever a person is in an intense state where the mind and body are strongly involved together and a specific stimulus is consistently and simultaneously applied at the peak of the state, the stimulus and the state become neurologically linked. Then, when ever the same stimulus is applied, the associated state is induced. Have you noticed how this principle is used by professional athletes? Tennis players for example often use a certain rhythm for bouncing the ball to put themselves in their best state as they serve, or weight lifters use a certain pattern of breathing to induce best state just before they lift. You could if you wanted to, anchor five different resourceful states onto the five digits of one hand. The states might be exuberance, confidence, motivation, decisiveness and relaxed alertness. The stimuli would be unobtrusive and you could trigger the stimulus selectively, whenever you wanted and needed a boost! How would this change your life for the better?

You could easily learn how to anchor resourceful states of mind in your self, and in your pupils and colleagues. What if you could anchor the Alpha State onto your thumb or a pupil's thumb? The Alpha State is considered very important for accelerated learning. Scientific evidence shows that listening to music recorded at around sixty beats per minute is conducive to achieving a state of relaxed alertness, free from stress. In this state, you are enabled to learn new concepts and skills far more easily. Classical music by Mozart and baroque pieces are often played to induce the Alpha State for teaching or training or for personal learning. You could learn how to anchor the alpha state so that a simple stimulus could accelerate your learning and the learning of others.

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