[15]How to use the senses for deeper learning and better memory with Joanna Grace

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In this episode of The School Success Formula, I am talking to Joanna Grace about how to use the senses for deeper learning and better memory.

Joanna Grace is an international sensory engagement and inclusion specialist, trainer, author and founder of The Sensory Projects.

Consistently rated as Outstanding by Ofsted she taught in mainstream and special school settings, connecting with pupils of all ages and abilities before setting up The Sensory Projects.

Her work is heavily informed by research as well as by insight gleaned from her own private and professional experience. Her private life includes family members with profound disabilities and time spent as a registered foster carer for children with profound disabilities. In addition to her teaching she has also worked as an inspector of schools and a writer of educational materials.

Her book Sensory Stories for children and teens sells globally and she has a further six books due for publication within the next two years, including four children's books. Sensory-being for Sensory Beings is the next practitioner book due for publication by Routledge on the 6th of September 2017.

What you can expect to hear in this episode

Firstly, Joanna tells us she got involved in special needs education and what fires her up about it.

Why are all five senses so important for an effective learning experience for all children, not just those with special educational needs?

What can we learn from the SEN world to improve learning, understanding and memory in mainstream education?

How forgetting works and how to stop it happening in an exam.

What practical steps can parents take to help their children learn and revise at home more effectively by using their senses?

Why smell is one of the most powerful senses to use to prompt your memory.

How to create a calming and nurturing environment that promotes learning.

Why cuddling is calming and how small study spaces can replicate the feeling of safety you get when you’re cuddled.

“A stressed brain can’t learn.”

How to give your child your comforting presence, even when you’re not present.

How Jo’s books could help you to help your child to learn.

Could you tell us a bit more about your books and what problems they solve for parents?

Have you got any other wisdom you’re burning to share with the parents who listen to the show?

Where can people go online to find out more about you and your work?

Joanna's Website


Joanna on Twitter


Sensory being for sensory beings

Sensory stories for Children and Teens with Special Educational Needs

How to revise geography case studies

How to keep calm and carry on when you’re studying

Blog posts mentioned by Joanna

How I found my vocation

Lives worth living: Philosophy, sensory stories, and a more inclusive world

Useful links

My book, The Ten Step Guide to Acing Every Exam You Ever Take.

Ten Steps to Exam Success download.

Supportive Parents, Successful Students facebook group

Lucy on twitter: @LucyCParsons

Contact Lucy by email: lucy@lifemoreextraordinary.com

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