"Research has shown that if I say something, you remember 10 percent, if I also show you a visual, you retain 20 percent," Hagstrom says. "But if we do a demonstration and a project too, you can have 90 percent retention of what you learn."
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But teaching in this manner appears out of control to some of the more traditional teachers. "I don't know that you can just send a teacher to these [brain research] classes unless she has a core belief in how people learn. Some teachers need to be the sage on stage, but my philosophy is, 'I trust you as a learner and I will listen to you,' " Krzysik says. "You feel like you're giving up control, but you're not. I couldn't teach any other way."
Liz DeCarlo, who lives in Darien, is the calendar editor at Chicago Parent as well as the mother of Anthony, 12, Emma, 10, and Grace, 8.
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