FUN WHILE LEARNING

FUN WHILE LEARNING

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Eric Jensen noted author in the field of brain-based learning explains the link between engagement and learning. He emphasises that learning worked best when the activity was intrinsically meaningful to the individual. ‘The task has to be behaviorally relevant to the learner, which is why the brain will not adapt to senseless tasks’. Jensen goes on to explore topics such as motivation, critical thinking skills, optimal educational environments, emotions and memory. Fun means taking part while doing and learning which must have meaning and purpose and it means being challenged (available at http://www.ascd.org/Publications/Books/Overview/Teaching-with-the-Brain-in-Mind-2nd-Edition.aspx).
Above is a photograph of one of the Milites Dei students having fun during one of the learning activities, namely Move Tactically on Foot. You will learn the following when enrolled at Milites Dei:

  • Members do not bundle
  • Co-ordinated movement
  • Optimal use of shadows
  • Silhouette forming is prevented
  • Peeping around objects is practised before moving into new area
  • External noise is utilised to compliment movement
  • Personal equipment is secured to prevent noise

Email us at bardo@militesdei.com to enrol.

Teaching and Learning Opportunities for the New Leaders

On 10 Jan 2014, Nic Spaul wrote in the Mail and Guardian ‘Although I would like to celebrate with the pupils who passed their matric exams, I find myself asking: “Who is going to speak up for the 550 000 children who started school 12 years ago, but have been silently excluded because of drop out?

(Available at http://mg.co.za/article/2014-01-09-matric-is-failing-sas-lost-children/ ).

Spaul advocates ‘the quality of primary and secondary schooling’ as the solution.

The author of this blog acknowledges Spaul’s advocacy, and would also like to elaborate on the fact that we are surrounded by a new kind of a child and therefore we need new quality schooling. Being 24 years in education and being a mother of two grown up boys in their 20 with many friends, I am astonishes with their wisdom and mental depth. They participate in conversations about expert topics that they sourced on the internet out of free will, yet they just do not want to complete school assignments. When they are interested to actively pursue a career they train themselves in the methods.

Again, as in a previous blog, my thoughts are taken to the theories of the Indigo Children.

Wendy Chapman lists the characteristics of the Indigo Child on her website (available at http://www.metagifted.org/topics/metagifted/indigo/indigoChildCharacteristics.html):

  • Have strong self esteem, connection to source
  • Know they belong here until they are told otherwise
  • Have an obvious sense of self
  • Have difficulty with discipline and authority
  • Refuse to follow orders or directions
  • Find it torture to waiting in lines, lack patience
  • Get frustrated by ritual-oriented systems that require little creativity
  • Often see better ways of doing thing at home and at school
  • Are mostly nonconformists
  • Do not respond to guilt trips, want good reasons
  • Get bored rather easily with assigned tasks
  • Are rather creative
  • Are easily distractible, can do many things at once
  • Display strong intuition
  • Have strong empathy for others or NO empathy
  • Develop abstract thinking very young
  • Are gifted and/or talented, highly intelligent
  • Are often identified or suspected of having ADD or ADHD, but can focus when they want to
  • Are talented daydreamers and visionaries
  • Have very old, deep, wise looking eyes
  • Have spiritual intelligence and/or psychic skills
  • Often express anger outwardly rather than inwardly and may have trouble with rage
  • Need our support to discover themselves
  • Are here to change the world – to help us live in greater harmony and peace with one another and to raise the vibration of the planet

At Milites Dei we are focused to make the training and qualifications fit for The Indigo Child; the child that did not complete the schooling system. We believe these children are the future leaders and will lead with new insight and capabilities. Thus, we use customised teaching and learning methodologies to ensure success for our students with nature as the class room setting.

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Human Minds and Games as Learning

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Paintball as Learning

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Milites Dei takes theoretical learning such as Specialist Security Practices NQF Level 4, SAQA ID 57713 and adds survival and bush craft games to it. In this way students physically engage in nature as well as the challenges there within. The facilitators thereafter relate the theories and practical games back and forth. Concepts such as water procurement, building a shelter from bushes, packing sandbags, bush ovens, paintball gun games, obstacles, tracking, and hiking, etcetera are explored. This is very similar to learning through playing computer games.

On Minecraft’s Web Page (http://www.minecraft.net) the creators write ‘… is a game about breaking and placing blocks. At first, people built structures to protect against nocturnal monsters, but as the game grew players worked together to create wonderful, imaginative things. It can also be about adventuring with friends or watching the sun rise over a blocky ocean. It’s pretty…’

In Milites Dei’s Bush Camp Ego and on the Sanderson Farm it is pretty as well and the games engaged in facilitates learning. There are no monsters.

In a Stanford Report, March 1, 2013 by RF Mackay called “Playing to learn: Panelists at Stanford discussion say using games as an educational tool provides opportunities for deeper learning. Interaction and opportunities to make choices are among the virtues of the new generation of educational games, experts say.”  In the same article Mackay elaborates on the theories by James Gee, a professor of literacy studies at Arizona State University, who holds degrees in philosophy and linguistics from Stanford, Gee explains ‘… human minds are plug-and-play devices; they’re not meant to be used alone. They’re meant to be used in networks. Games allow us to do that – they allow us to use what Gee calls “collective intelligence” ‘. Available at http://news.stanford.edu/news/2013/march/games-education-tool-030113.html

Education for Indigo Kids

Kids Today are Different…PMH ATWATER, LHD writes ‘…and they are driving their parents nuts, education has failed us,…’. Just in my circle of friends there are numerous children that did not complete high school. Yet, they are highly intelligent, internet savvy, experts in certain fields, excellent communicators and exhibit many talents.  In addition, they are not economically active and in most cases the parents still take care of them. Atwater continues to explain that our children of today face a major challenge, namely unemployment and if we as adults are not going to actively get involved, these children will either revert to ‘…drugs, sex and digital addictions…’. Thus, we could make a difference by not giving up. That our youth will also reinvent the world. In Atwater’s book, ‘Children of the Fifth World’ it is explained that the children of today have what it takes and that we adults needs to understand them and they in return need to understand themselves. These children are referred to, amongst other names, as the Indigo Children.  The Indigo Children need ‘…mentors, adults willing to guide, teach, test and give of themselves; to show not preach’.

Milites Dei Training AcademEMY SCHOOLS SPECIAL Jock of the BushveldMilites Dei Training Academy offers South African accredited qualifications and customised and adjusted according to the student’s needs. Students will be exposed to the beauty of nature as well as the challenges there within while practically engaging the theories of real life.

Jock of the Bushveld Memorial at Milites Dei

One of the many statues found in South Africa was erected just outside the training venue. The statue of Jock of the Bushveld is nestled on a hill with a view of the Legogote Mountain ranges and offers breathe taking views of the surrounding flora and fauna. Jock of the Bushveld accompanied his owner, Sir. Percy Fitzpatrick when he visited the Sanderson family. Sir Percy wrote some chapters of his famous books in the Sanderson House.