Meaning, Not Memory
education & corporate
The Future of Work
Meaning, Not Memory: Boosting Creativity & Exploration in the Classroom
How can we set our students up for success? Every day, educators are faced with this question and its overwhelming possibilities. Do we take away their phones? Make them do more math? Teach them to code? Connect them with nature?
It’s simple, says educator and author Jamie Bricker: “Students need to learn how to think, not how to remember.”
In this practical and inspiring talk, Jamie introduces educators to his concept of the “New 3 Rs of Teaching and Learning: Richness, Relevance, and Return on Investment.” Through an engaging mix of hard research and personal anecdotes, he shares how and why we need to encourage active exploration in the classroom, and reveals the types of tasks and exercises that activate students’ schema, challenge them intellectually, and enrich their critical thinking skills. By focusing on route, not rote, educators play a key role in preparing this generation of students for success in the disruptive and ever-changing modern world. An infectious and warm speaker, Jamie connects powerfully with audiences of educators, rekindling our love for teaching and reminding us all why we do what we do.
The Future of Work: Inspiring Lifelong Learning
for educators, students, and corporate audiences
The future of work is no longer an abstract concept. Artificial Intelligence and other transformative technologies have disrupted entire industries. Our notion of who does the work—and how and where—is changing every moment. But the way we teach hasn’t caught up to these fundamental and unstoppable shifts.
Why does curriculum and job training still focus on memorization, when technology has made information so easily accessible? Why aren’t students and employees encouraged to explore and create, rather than retain and regurgitate? How can we encourage what is perhaps the best defence against future uncertainty, and the way to make ourselves marketable and employable in three, five, and ten years: an insatiable appetite for lifelong learning?
In this talk, educator and author Jamie Bricker delivers an urgent call to action for students, employees, corporations, and associations everywhere. It’s time to look at the job skills of the future—communication, innovation, collaboration, and critical thinking—and integrate teaching methods that boost these vital abilities. The more we are aware of these massive changes, the better we can prepare for an unpredictable future and how we can marry proficiency with passion. This is an absolutely essential talk for people everywhere.
One Circle: Leadership, Diversity, and Employee Engagement
for corporate audiences
Do you want to be an effective leader? Step one: let go of your ego. “A big part of leadership is facilitating, encouraging, and allowing people to grow—rather than standing up there trying to show how smart you are,” says author, educator, and former school principal Jamie Bricker. To be a truly successful leader, you must put your people first—and you must help reveal their skill sets and passions, maintain transparency and openness, and fully support one another. Because, as Jamie says, “we’re all one circle.”
In this genuine and revitalizing talk, Jamie presents a new way of looking at leadership, skills training, and innovation at the office. “Most of us carry around a literal smartphone,” he says. “But we all carry a figurative ‘smartphone’ full of a lifetime of skills and experiences. Employers must acknowledge, respect, and, most importantly, routinely activate the ‘smartphone’.” Jamie dives into his decades of experience as a passionate and effective leader to provide the tools and techniques managers and HR professionals need to successfully train and continually engage their employees. Being a leader isn’t just about hiring and firing. It’s about encouraging and rewarding your employees to support creativity and happiness at work, boost innovation and problem-solving, and lead to greater business success.