Seminars and Workshops

We offer seminars and workshops for schools, educational institutions and other interested clients.  

Our presentations are quite unique and bring a new perspective to learning, linking scientific research knowledge with current problematic issues in education and schooling. Knowing about the need for practical solutions,  we provide not only the theoretical background for issues related to learning, we also provide hands-on strategies for the classroom or workplace.

 Our presenter, Dr Brigitte Burg, is very passionate about education and empirical research. From her background in neuroscience and psychological research she knows about mental processes, cognitive functioning, memory and learning and likes to address questions concerning the ability and function of the human brain.  She links her understanding of brain science to current issues affecting the learning of students, particularly those with learning difficulties and disabilities.

As a presenter and teacher, she likes to explain complex topics easily and comprehensively  to a wide variety of audiences with diverse educational backgrounds - after all her goal is to teach well. For that reason her presentations are full of everyday analogies, witty examples and good humour.

Presentations available:

  • Poor Behaviour in the Classroom  - How can we apply Behavioural Learning Theories to help the unruly student?

This workshop provides a sound understanding of the basics of Behavioural Learning Theories and Operant/Instrumental Conditioning as the underlying system for classroom discipline and behavioural management. The audience will learn why some behavioural disciplinary strategies do work whilst others do not. Dr Burg, the presenter, will systematically work through issues which are counterproductive to good, well-adapted behaviour and will even show that unwittingly we may teach the student to become unruly.  Useful and functional strategies will be provided to enhance classroom conduct and social interactions. This seminar for teachers and educators is also very suitable for school administrators who are revisiting their behavioural management policies and strategies.

  • Working Memory - Do we overload our students with information? Science, facts and strategies

This workshop gives a clear definition and understanding of Working Memory, an ability of the human brain, which is often misunderstood. Research indicates that many students have an inadequate Working Memory capacity and hence fail with information processing and learning in an ever-increasing stimulus-rich learning environment.  The workshop will show what we can expect from a "normal" Working Memory, it will show that Working Memory function is dependent on the developmental stage of the learner and gives many strategies to overcome Working Memory deficiencies.

  • Attention and its limitations - Theory and effective strategies to enhance focus and concentration

This presentation is very unique since it deals with attention and its limitations in a way, which is not commonly found in school education. The audience will learn how attention actually works in a 'normal', healthy person and the limitations it faces.  They will also reflect on misconceptions related to attention and information processing.  Finally we will work on strategies to enhance attention and focus in busy classrooms and learning environments.  The presentation discusses current research trends of Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), but is not confined to this subject alone. "Attention and its limitations" is not only addressing the topic from the perspective of learning disabilities, but is well suited for every learner. 

  • Dyslexia - Facts, myths and strategies for better learning

Dyslexia, a learning disability affecting 10% to 20% of the Australian population, has become a serious problem in a society where high literacy standards are increasingly required. Every school and workplace will find members struggling with this disability.  Regardless, there are still many confusing and conflicting facts in publications creating and adding to misconceptions.  This presentation explains the neuroscience of reading. It will become apparent that the ability to read is not as natural as often believed. The audience will learn of current scientific findings trying to explain the causes of Dyslexia and will hear a number of explanations critically discussed side by side.  A number of strategies currently in use in schools will be reviewed. This presentation is for everybody who teaches students with Dyslexia but is also suitable for school administrators who are seeking to improve their school's Learning Support structure.

  • Dyscalculia and Numeracy Weakness - Research, facts and strategies

Dyscalculia or Numeracy Weakness is a relatively new concept, rapidly gaining attention.  Similar to Dyslexia, which has a genetic predisposition and physical cause, understanding Dyscalculia may answer a lot of questions for those who cannot find any sense in Numeracy or Mathematics.  Brain research is now focusing on this condition and research findings are discussed.  This presentation will explain the symptoms, will discuss the difference between Dyscalculia and "just being bad at Maths" and will offer strategies to deal with the disability.

  • Motivation - Are our students really 'lazy' or do they learn to become unmotivated?

When asked what makes students fail many teachers will answer that students are just 'lazy' and hence underperform. If they only would hand in their assignments on time, do their homework or prepare adequately for tests, many students would achieve better grades and reports.  Our workshop looks closely into the topic of motivation and performance. The audience will see that Psychological Learning Theories can answer questions, which remain otherwise unanswered.  The presentation also reflects on whether students may simply have learned to be unmotivated and if so, what we can do as educators and schools to change this. The audience is invited to contribute and discuss ideas on this topic with the goal to find workable solutions in your particular setting.

  • Individual Education Plans (IEP) - Not just a document
This presentation provides information on the purpose, design and effective use of Individual Education Plans (IEP). We will demystify the common misunderstandings about IEPs, will show how do design and create them in the most effective and easiest way and, most importantly, show how they can become an effective teaching tool and resource in the classroom. 

!!Please ask for duration and practical details of these presentations. We can fit content and duration to your needs. We also can incorporate topics of your choice, if they match our expertise. We are highly flexible to suit your requirements.