Tools for Teachers

A combination of fundamental skills and meaning-making theory will enhance your ability to connect with learners and amplify the quality of student engagement in the classroom.

Gesturing with a Remote

When using a hand-held remote, such as a clicker, a slide advancer, or a laser pointer, we can employ principles of gesture to ensure that our performance remains natural and fluid with the device in hand.

Conditions of Learning

The career of literacy theorist Dr. Brian Cambourne focuses on the relationship between 8 natural conditions present in an optimal learning environment. In partnership with Dr. Cambourne, we present his model in an adaption that can serve learners, educators, public speakers, and in-person communication partners across any subject or material.

How to Use Immersion

A learner needs to be fully immersed in the content they’re trying to relate to.

How to Use Demonstration

The learner needs to receive multiple demonstrations of how a concept or a skill is employed.

How to Use Approximation

A learner needs the freedom to “get it almost right” when experimenting with new concepts and skills.

How to Use Expectation

The learner needs to understand what is expected of them in order to envision that they can meet the expectation.

How to Use Responsibility

A learner is empowered when they choose what parts of an idea to learn, when to learn them, and how to put them into practice.

How to Use Response

Feedback empowers a learner when it is frequent, constructive, and provides an actionable path forward.

How to Use Employment

A learner needs opportunities to use and experiment with concepts in real-world environments on their own time.

How to Use Engagement

A learner needs direct and willful interaction with the learning process and the material to be learned.

Presenting with a Whiteboard

Establishing a clear physical pattern when presenting at a whiteboard can inform an audience when and where to direct their attention. Line Focus, Stance, and Plane work in combination to manage an attention relationship that allows for silence and pauses as you add content to the board.

PowerPoint Facilitation

Presenting alongside a screen is an omnipresent challenge in both business and academic environments. We can use our Fundamental Skill Set to direct the focus relationship between our verbal and visual presentation content.

Power Point and Line Focus

Line Focus is one of several Points of Influence that we can employ when facilitating a PowerPoint presentation.

PowerPoint and Level

The Level relationship between presenter and presentation screen is a factor that can be countered with the use of Line Focus, Horizontal, and Plane.

PowerPoint and Plane

Plane is one of several Points of Influence that we can use to facilitate a PowerPoint presentation.

PowerPoint and Horizontal

Horizontal is one of several Points of Influence that we can use to facilitate a PowerPoint presentation.