Jumpstarting Literacy and Numeracy


Empowering Learning is all about understanding the learners’ experiences, what makes for successful learning and establishing where learning can go wrong. Jumpstarting Literacy and Numeracy is one of a suite of programmes offered under this concept, offering skills to parents and educationalists alike.

The Jumpstarting Literacy and Numeracy™ process includes three main tenets which can be seen below. These form the basis of the process and on the course you will learn how to impart this to your students easily, quickly and with rapid results. You will also get the research evidence supporting the process as well feedback from the principals and teachers who have been using it with such great effect in their schools and classrooms.

Mental Imagery is essential for reading, effective spelling, making sense of and remembering what is read, mental calculations, problem solving and legible handwriting.

Neuroscience has shown that fluent readers use 3 co-activated areas of the brain: knowing the pronunciation of the word, understanding the meaning and recognising the visual representation of the whole word.
As it is developed naturally by some students it was believed that this was an inherent skill and therefore could not be taught – we now KNOW that this is not the case and it can be learned through the Jumpstarting process.

Students learn most effectively when in the Optimal Learning State, i.e. relaxed body, alert mind. Some students cannot develop or control their mental imagery skills until they are in this state.

Results have shown that knowing how to get into this state easily helps to lower stress, increase concentration and focus and also improves memory and recall.

This skill is useful for the whole school and gives staff the tools for creating calmer students, calmer classrooms and a calmer school! Neuroscience has shown that being this state, often called ‘Flow’, helps students and staff to be more effective.

Mental Imagery skills can be easily learned provided the right training approach is applied.

Helping students better understand their inner mental processes helps them recognise their existing strengths and adjust any ineffective learning strategies accordingly.

A ‘coaching’ approach is the best way to do this and includes:

  • Active listening
  • The conscious use of language.
  • Asking questions from a position of curiosity and investigation.
  • Observing eye patterns, body language and other non-verbal communication.

Literacy skills: spelling, reading, reading comprehension and writing

Numeracy skills: mental arithmetic, geometry, addition and times tables, algebra

General learning skills: memory, concentration, revision and exam techniques
Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, Dysgraphia, Dyspraxia and ADHD.

You will practice the skills you are learning and go away with the confidence to teach others how to overcome the debilitating effects they are experiencing and become symptom free.

Teaching the Empowering Learning material is so rewarding. Never a day goes by without seeing immense change some across someone’s face. As soon as you have completed this training you are encouraged to practice and keep records of your clients. The accreditation paperwork has an extremely useful format for your records.

This programme is now available as a series of 6 teleseminars so you can learn these skills on-line in the comfort of your own home, in an interactive setting, guided by Olive Hickmott.

The 2-day open programme is run by Olive Hickmott in Hertfordshire, Paula Monti in Berkshire and Sara Haboubi in the Republic of Ireland. All three trainers are available to train in specific groups in other locations by arrangement.

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