A workshop presented to a variety of early years, primary and secondary school teachers may help to prevent crime in school students and school leavers in the near future, according to Cornelia Bonterre of The Whole Child and director and organiser of ARROW. The one-day workshop on Brain Based Learning was held recently in Port-of-Spain and saw teachers from a variety of primary and secondary schools being represented. The multi-sensory, self-voice literacy programme covered the brain and how it works, with practical information on effective brain based teaching strategies for children from birth to teenagers. The Whole Child is a consultancy giving workshops covering effective teaching in a multiplicity of areas such as Differentiation in the Classroom and Fundamentals of Teaching Literacy, as well as the Introduction to Brain Based Teaching.
Teachers participating in the workshop were highly impressed by the information that was presented: “The sessions were both informative and research driven, with useful insights;” “Informative and helpful;” and “a lot of food for thought,” were some of the comments made. Research in criminality has shown that more than 60 per cent of inmates were likely to be functionally illiterate, with illiteracy seen in 85 per cent of juveniles in the court system. It was felt that addressing literacy in the classroom for all learners through brain-based techniques would open many new future opportunities for the students receiving the classroom instruction based on extensive research on the brain and how it learns.