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What is Evolutionary Pedagogy?
A modern learning and development support
Based on the latest developments in brain research and neurology and insights from evolutionary theory, pedagogy, kinesiology, philosophy, art and nature, Evolutionary Pedagogy® was developed by Ludwig Koneberg at the Institute for Practical Pedagogy in Munich. With movement exercises, learning and behavioral blockages can be effectively and sustainably solved or at least alleviated. In this way, movement is brought into learning and this allows one's own competence to develop.
Is Evolutionary Pedagogy the same as tutoring?
No. Evolutionary Pedagogy® starts one step before. It looks at HOW something is perceived and not at WHAT is learned. This means that it is not school tutoring.
Evolutionary Pedagogy® enables stress-free learning
The prerequisite is created that learning can take place without stress or that daily challenges can be met without stress. The question is, how does the particular behavior occur? Examples are: Why does your child have concentration problems? How come their child has a reading disability, a spelling disability, or a math disability? Why are right and left different every day? Why am I afraid to speak in front of people? What are my stressors in the situation?
What is the method of Evolutionary Pedagogy?
A modern and contemporary method to release learning and behavioral blocks
Evolutionary Pedagogy® uses the latest findings from brain and learning research to understand behavior and activate development in a targeted manner via kinesiological movement exercises. In this way, it creates the prerequisite for stress-free learning.
Mute as a fish or bold as a monkey
The theory of evolution, or rather its theoretical edifice, states that humans - like all living things - are also the result of a long evolution. Our genome is the memory and very personal information carrier for all biological processes in our body. This means the movements, reactions, perceptions and behavior of the individual evolutionary stages. From the fish to the amphibian, the reptile, the mammal to the ape, prehistoric man and today's "modern" man. To each of these stages a certain movement pattern belongs, which is responsible for our behavioral ranges.
We learn through movement
All nerve cells are developed in the brain by the time we are born. As babies we get to know the world in a playful way. In doing so, we create important connections in the brain on which further developments are based. The ways to think = the development of the nerve connections (synapses) are paved through movement, especially within the first three years of life.
The good news is that the brain never stops learning: "The brain can be compared to a muscle. It grows in response to certain experiences - the neurons get bigger." (Robert Ornstein, U.S. brain researcher)
Our foundation: balance and movement
Every development step that a person takes is based on the skills and knowledge that they have learned up to now. This process of "getting up" needs a growing balance in order to run automatically.
Keeping the body upright is a tremendous developmental achievement. If a person has to consciously take care of his balance, he is impaired in the completion of other tasks. Balance must be experienced first and foremost and has a fundamental influence on the development of basic security and basic trust.
Fit in the head
The mind is more agile the more the body is in balance. The sense of balance and movement play a major role in mental, neurological and emotional development. In Evolutionary Pedagogy® we apply exactly what has existed in nature since time immemorial. This allows us to act directly on problems and promote development in a targeted manner.
How does Evolutionary Pedagogy work?
No more confusion
It is observed how people perceive their environment and how they come to the result. It is filtered out which topic the blockade or the stress is on. With movement exercises, stress is released and balance is restored. This strengthens your own competence and feedback system and you learn to take responsibility for your own behavior.
Who is Evolutionary Pedagogy aimed at?
We learn every day – for a lifetime!
The methodology of Evolutionary Pedagogy® is suitable for everyone of all ages. We often hear: Life is learning! Or lifelong learning. Life is a learning journey. Learning is a slow "getting up" - just like the evolutionary process that all living beings go through.
The target groups are kindergarten children & pre-schoolers, school children, adolescents and adults. Our brain works stress-free and creatively when the neurological interplay functions well and the evolutionary behavioural bandwidths are well integrated. This creates a balance and we can access our full potential.
Who is the target group?
Life is a journey – to yourself!
In order to be able to learn without stress, humans need the balance of all brain development stages of evolution. Because the basis of all our abilities lies in the brain.
Areas of application for kindergarten and pre-school children
There is a lot going on on the way to a school child. From the age of 3 to 6, which is just 36 months, a lot is demanded of us. From us parents, nerves of steel and a well-filled bag of love and patience. And from our children, that all development steps can be well coordinated.
There is a lot to do – let's do it!
Every child is unique. And that is good. And every child has his or her own pace. Even if we adults can't and don't always want to concede that to our children. Some look forward to kindergarten, for others it is torture. Whatever it is, it is a next step in the young life of a person - and parents. Especially in the lives of the moms. And that should be taken into account - as with all phases of a child's development. What does the situation do to me? And what with my child? If you succeed in being honest with yourself here, you can save yourself a lot of emotional chaos.
A new door opens ... Evolutionary Pedagogy® supports and accompanies the process of detachment from parents to nursery or kindergarten and the issues that fill everyday life at the age of 3 to 6 years:
- Separation process from parents
- Behavioural abnormalities
- Bed wetting
- Restraining defecation
- Nails bite
- Lack of body coordination and balance disorders
- Developmental delays and developmental retardation
- School readiness
Areas of application for pupils
The next chapter begins: school. At the beginning, often a mixture of anticipation and excitement when the big kindergarten and pre-school children are finally pupils. And very often, and far too early, a torment. Stress with homework, tutoring, time pressure, accruals. That doesn't have to be.
Sit still! Concentrate! Write more beautifully!
Who doesn't know these statements? And who, at the beginning of their child's school years, doesn't think back to their own childhood, when there was more free time available. We can't turn back the clock, but we can accompany our children so that they can cope with their duties more quickly and find it easier to access and deal with them. Within the framework of the possibilities that your child has been given for this life.
Learning needs balance
Balance and thinking are closely related. In order to be able to call up our potential and master the challenges set, we need a three-dimensional balance: First, laterality, which means a good understanding between right and left. Our body and our brain are designed crosswise. A good interaction of these two competencies is the basis. Secondly, centering, which means a good interplay between cognition and emotion, i.e. above and below or head and body. How well can I tense and relax? Thirdly, focusing, in the sense of how well can I recall what I have learned and relate the new to the old.
With targeted exercises, this balance can be established. Once we have this balance available, nothing stands in the way of thinking. Subject areas of students that are worked on with exercises of evolutionary pedagogy are summarized:
- Concentration problems
- Learning speed
- Learning blockades
- Behavioural blockades
- Reading weakness, spelling weakness, arithmetic difficulties
- Dyslexia, Dyscalculia
- Stress with homework
- Fear of speaking in front of a group
- Exam anxiety, fear of failure
- Nail biting
- Bed wetting
- Motivation problems
- Shyness/social withdrawal, feeling of not making friends
Areas of application for adolescents
School and puberty are a heavy backpack for adolescents. Puberty is a very important step in becoming a human being. And this is where the monkey gets loose. There is an enormous growth spurt in the brain. It's being re-formed and sorted out.
Boundaries are expanded, tested, explored
This process is quite important and very exhausting. But how else is a child to become an adult? Let's think about our adolescence. Would we like everything we did and tested today? Even if everyday life is very exhausting, adolescents need a lot of encouragement to affirm themselves. Support summarized by Evolutionary Pedagogy® is available at:
- Lack of motivation/lack to get up and go
- Exam anxiety
- Fear of failure
- Lack of self-esteem
- Lack of self-confidence
Areas of application for adults
Finding yourself and your personality is a lifelong process. On the way there, you need to stop again and again to check whether you are still going in the right direction. Time to pause, reflect on what has gone before and check whether it still suits you. Let go, take your time, let go. Themes that are supported:
- Strengthening self-confidence
- The view behind the problem
- Recognize and let go of old patterns
- Conflict resolution
- Excessive demands / better demarcation
- Concentration problems
- Fear of speaking in front of a group
What are the goals of Evolutionary Pedagogy?
Behind the stress lies the talent (L. Koneberg)
The goal is to look behind the stress or the blockade, because our perception determines our behaviour. It is not what we experience that is relevant, but the evaluation that our brain makes and the conclusions we draw from it. Our own competence is strengthened so that we can react competently to challenges in life.
What is the experience with Evolutionary Pedagogy?
You can't teach a person anything, you can only help him discover it within himself (G. Galilei)
This well-known quote sums up the intention of Evolutionary Pedagogy®. It is about uncovering, about dissolving blockages in order to access one's own potential. Many people could already be supported with this.
"Everything around school is pure agony", "My child can no longer be reached verbally", "Right and left are somewhere else every day" or "I keep going in circles in this situation" – if these thoughts are familiar to you, then you are in the right place. There are very good and numerous experiences in these subject areas that have either been solved, alleviated or noticeably improved.
When is Evolutionary Pedagogy useful?
Stress, tensions and conflicts are unavoidable
They are part of life. It would be wrong to avoid these conflicts (L. Koneberg). But this does not mean that I slip into the role of a victim in free fall. The goal is to achieve an ability to act on our own responsibility, which gives us freedom of choice. Evolutionary Pedagogy® can also be thought of in simplified terms as developmental support. For children and adolescents in particular, when they are going through a developmental spurt. Whenever things get tough. Be it school maturity, special challenges at school, in social life or during puberty. For adults in life phases where recurring issues arise and a change of perspective is necessary. Evolutionary Pedagogy® supports people who want to take responsibility for themselves and their lives.
What are the most common areas of application of Evolutionary Pedagogy?
The colourful life
Subject areas related to life and its daily challenges. General areas such as balance, concentration problems, perception deficits, going in circles, stress, shyness/social withdrawal, bedwetting, anxiety, blackouts, puberty. Issues around school such as school readiness, delayed language development, literacy and math difficulties, dyslexia, dyscalculia, test anxiety, homework stress.
Where can I find M-8 Evolutionary Pedagogy?
Let's set off together!
You can find me in 3400 Klosterneuburg, Lenaugasse 11 (Rtg. Kritzendorf).
I am also very easy to reach by public transport. The Klosterneuburg/Unterkritzendorf stop is within walking distance.
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