Getting off to a good start with your students matters. This course explores how the brain works and students’ learning strengths. It outlines practical ways that teachers can make every class a ‘learning to learn’ class, where students can practise strategies that enable them to study more effectively and ‘own’ their learning.
Teachers (upper primary and second-level), Guidance Counsellors, Study Skills Co-ordinators, Parents.
The participants will be enabled to:
understand the brain and the role the different parts play in well-being and learning – the survival brain, the stressed brain, the thinking brain, the contented brain.
engage in a range of activities to enable the learner to establish their learner profile – their learning strengths and preferred learning conditions.
discuss the implications for teaching and learning and explore strategies – active and reflective through video exemplars – to leverage the learner’s innate strengths, empowering them to become more independent in their learning.
Fidelma’s enduring interest is making learning easier. Passionate about enabling learners to develop the mindset and skills to take ownership for their own learning, she is Director and Lead Educator with Study & Careers.
Living in Oranmore, Co. Galway, Dr. Fidelma Healy Eames, PhD, MSc(Ed), BEd., has a long background in teaching and learning and teacher education. She began offering ‘learning to Learn’ and Wellbeing courses to schools and colleges nationally from 2002 with a team of specially trained teachers. In 2007 she published ‘Switching on for Learning: A Student Guide to Exam & Career Success’ which has become a core text for teachers, parents and students interested in becoming independent learning. In 2021 she developed an online ‘learning to learn’ programme used across second-level schools. Newly-revised for 2023/24 based on teacher and student feedback, free previews are viewable at studyandcareers.thinkific.com
In 2017 she expanded her services to include career guidance coaching and personality profiling for students and adults in career transition. Fidelma is an accredited tester with the British Psychological Society in the areas of personality, ability, occupation and emotional intelligence profiling and laterally in educational testing (2022).
She is adjunct faculty as a teacher educator specialising in student placement with Hibernia College. Along with her associates she offers a specialist preparation course in Teacher Education interview preparation for the Professional Master’s in Education (PME).
Her research interests include language, literacy and learning, the writer’s voice, wellbeing and issues surrounding equity, diversity and inclusion. Her new book ‘The Gifted Learner: How to Help’ (Pavilion, 2022) builds on this theme and reveals a fascinating and engaging account of learnings and insights arising from her research with gifted learners, ages ten to fifty-eight years, their parents and teachers. For more about her new book see studyandcareers.ie/shop/
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