The Elephants in the Classroom

Here are brief introductions, some testimonials and launch recording.

1. Introduction     2. An introduction to the elephants     3. Getting to know the elephants

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The Elephants in the Classroom talks directly to parents and teachers, providing a much-needed new perspective on the explosion of learning difficulties in our classrooms… and empowering them, with simple skills, to make many aspects of learning easier.

Complementing Bridges to Success, this book explains how unlocking the use of mental imagery in a child’s thinking can enable them to maximise their learning experiences. The challenges faced by neurodivergent thinkers and learners (for example, those with Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, Dyspraxia, ADHD, Asperger’s and Autism) in today’s conventional teaching settings could be addressed by a better understanding of how students learn visually. This book explores how some of the most talented creative children, with unrecognised and tremendous potential, can be the ones who struggle most in school.

Hundreds of thousands of children are growing up, plagued by poor literacy, poor numeracy, the inability to concentrate, sensory overload and other problems that hold them back and may seriously affect their behaviour. Although committed to multi-sensory teaching and learning, schools often don’t know how students employ the critical thinking skills of mental imagery – this is visual learning.

The Elephants in the Classroom explains how these students, often with gifted with exceptional creative skills, can learn to control their mental images to make learning easier.  Visual learning skills can be explored by parents at any age and easily taught, especially in primary school. Slightly adjusting how we educate children will allow them to maximise their learning experience. Although mental imagery is a natural skill for everyone, its contribution to learning is often overlooked.

Testimonials for the Elephants in the Classroom

“This is an excellent book. It includes lots of practical advice for teachers and the content on mental imagery and neuroscience is really thought provoking. Hickmott writes clearly and the book is accessible. The case studies illuminate the key points and bring the book to life. I will certainly use this book with my student teachers”. Professor Jonathan Glazzard, Professor of Inclusive Education in the Carnegie School of Education. Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Authority

“What a real gem of a book that lights up some of the dark corners in the life of many children who struggle to learn – and this will definitely help their parents, teachers and carers to better support these kids and empower them to succeed.  I have read many of Olive’s books and always find myself in a better place afterwards and this book is just the same – I feel more informed and empowered to support my son, who is one of these EPIC children and who has benefited from Olive’s support in the past. Olive offers insights into the many nuances that EPIC children face on a daily basis. Furthermore, she explains, in a really understandable and easily accessible way, a raft of NLP based tools and strategies which can be used to support these children and enable them to be the best they can be. I have first-hand experience of many things she describes…and once there is greater understanding of the challenges these beautiful EPIC children face, it is so much easier to feel compassion, empathy and patience rather than frustration! As a School Trustee (the new name for School Governors), I would also recommend this book to teaching staff, simply because the strategies, tools and techniques included are so valuable. Any quick wins that support teachers to empower their students are worth adopting in an educational setting.  Karen Falconer, CEO of the Association for NLP, mum and School Trustee.”

If you are reading this book then you are someone who wants to make a difference.  The pages of this book could well hold your very own ‘light bulb moment’ in how you think about learning and about learning differences. For me, teaching children how to best utilise their mental imagery made so much sense that I couldn’t wait to try it out.  I am very excited about the outcomes so far (and so are the children that I am working with!) I am on a journey, keen to learn more and apply to all different areas of learning. As an ex-headteacher I am appealing to all forward- thinking school leaders to read this book and lead the way in changing the educational pedagogy so that children labelled with so-called learning ‘difficulties’ do not need to be subjected to year on year ‘interventions’ and be made to feel in some way inferior to their peers.  Sally Pattrick: ex-headteacher, now training as a SENCo.

 This book is an excellent gift for everyone involved in learning: teachers, parents, and students. So many people believe there is something wrong with them, and that is why they have trouble with reading or certain types of learning in school. They often think it is a genetic problem, that they just can’t be capable and never will be. That is so very sad and so very wrong! The costs from a damaged sense of self-worth, killing the joy of learning, and economic opportunity are huge. It hurts their relationships, their parenting, and their attitudes about life.  It can make them resigned, angry, frustrated, or bitter about life. The low self-worth can lead to substance abuse, anger, and even suicide.  Big challenges are looming in the world. We don’t need more angry, resigned, frustrated, or hopeless people. The loss to society of so many talented people who could be contributing to themselves and others is enormous. The loss of the contribution that could have been made by creative people who think differently is impossible to calculate.  I’ve known and respected Olive for 12 years. She is and has been on a mission to stem those loses. A mission to prove to students and parents that these young people have talents within them that they just don’t know how to use yet. She offers concrete, reproducible ways to help children and adults learn. Over the 12 years I have know Olive, she and her trainees have helped many students, teachers, and parents. This book will help many more!  This book is a precious gift, one to be read, and given to parents, teachers, and students.  It is time to stop complaining about the problems of education and time to introduce these proven concepts and methods into more and more schools. Do yourself the favor of reading this book, and of giving to people who need it. Art Giser, Creator of Energetic NLP.


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