Priming: An Education Game Changer
A 1-Hour Webinar for Massage Teachers
As a classroom strategy, priming refers to the intentional actions and methods educators use at the beginning of a lesson to prepare and engage students for learning. The aim is to create receptive mindsets that enhance knowledge acquisition and understanding. Priming reduces student anxiety, taps into students’ prior knowledge, sparks curiosity, and provides context for new learning.
In this webinar, you’ll explore practical and effective methods for priming student learning. From compelling visuals and intriguing questions to immersive scenarios and reflective self-assessments, you’ll have tools to elevate your teaching game.
Watch the presentation and use the activities independently, or use these materials for faculty training. Obtain one hour of NCBTMB-approved CE.
Anne is the Director of Education and co-founder of Massage Mastery Online, specializing in digital textbooks that make learning more efficient, effective, and enjoyable. Anne is a licensed massage therapist (27 years), an aromatherapist, a certified reflexologist, a spa consultant, an author, and an educator (formally an esthetician and registered counselor). She is the former Director of Education for Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals (ABMP), where she pursued her passion for instructional design and developed support materials and resources for massage students, instructors, schools, and professional members from 2006 until 2019.
Before working with ABMP, Anne was a massage instructor for eight years, emphasizing curriculum development and program implementation for Ashmead College in Washington State, and in 2004 became their director of education at the Tacoma campus. She has offered several continuing education programs, including workshops on hot stone massage, aromatherapy, spa therapies, and reflexology.
Anne has served on the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards (FSMTB) test writing committee and worked with the dynamic team at ABMP to develop ABMP's Student Life Program, ABMP Exam Coach, ABMP 5-Minute Muscles, and many other resources for schools and instructors. She also wrote the curriculum for the "Instructors on the Front Lines" massage teacher training program for ABMP from 2008 to 2019 and the content for the ABMP School Forum from 2007 to 2019. In addition, she is the author of Spa Bodywork: A Guide for Massage Therapists, 2nd Edition (2016), and Massage Mastery: From Student to Professional (2013), both previously published in print by Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins.
Anne served as project leader for the Entry-Level Analysis Project (ELAP). This research project described what a person must know and be able to do to practice massage safely and competently at the entry level. The ELAP curriculum blueprint outlines the learning outcomes and objectives all schools should teach in foundational education and was published in 2013 by the Coalition of National Massage Therapy Organizations. In addition, Anne partnered with Eric Brown and the team at ABMP to produce the ABMP Business Summit, ABMP Back Pain Summit, Eric Dalton Online Workshop, and ABMP Head & Neck Summit, attracting more than 16,000 registrants and hosting more than 7,000 people online, live at one time.
Today, Anne lives in Louisville, Colorado, where she explores her passion for instructional design for adult learners, now in online formats, with her husband, Eric Brown, and a team of feline helpers (Indu, Minnie, Loki, and Delphi). When not writing, Anne loves rock climbing, ice climbing, hiking, biking, skiing, hanging out with friends, and anything that gets her out into Colorado's beautiful countryside. She is teaching Eric to enjoy camping.
Learning Objectives: Having completed this one-hour course, participants will be able to:
- Define the term priming.
- Name three other labels used to describe priming in education literature.
- Describe the use of priming to influence consumer behavior.
- State the goal of priming when used by cognitive psychologists for learning.
- List three objectives of effective priming strategies.
- Define the term emotional priming.
- List two goals of emotional priming methods.
- Describe two reasons an instructor would choose an emotional priming method over a cognitive one.
- Outline the steps for priming with “The Breath of Arrival” method.
- Describe two ways to use movement for priming.
- Outline one community-building priming activity.
- List four methods you might use for cognitive priming.
- Describe the application of “Quiz in Advance” for priming.
- Explain the role of the Think-Pair-Share format in priming based on problem-solving.
- Outline guidelines for priming students with stories of one’s professional massage practice.
- List two reasons that visual priming is so effective.
- Describe one way that priming with self-assessment benefits teachers.
- Identify two factors in choosing priming strategies for particular student cohorts.
Video Presentation: Watch a beautifully designed video presentation of the course material.
Text: The text describes everything discussed in the presentation with additional information and activities.
Activity Downloads: Download activity sheets for journaling exercises or group activities during faculty meetings.
Samples and Examples: Download sample priming activities or use example material immediately to enhance your teaching.
On-Demand: Watch the presentation within minutes of registration and pass the quiz to obtain a certificate for CE reporting.
Mobile: Access your course on a desktop, laptop, tablet, or phone with internet access.
Text Translation: English as a second language? Instantly translate the text to your native language.
Category: Teacher Training
CE Approvals: Approved by NCBTMB and all states that accept NCBTMB-approved CE. Please note this course is NOT approved by Alabama, Arkansas, and Louisiana.
Subscription Period: Ongoing access.
After Purchase: The course is free, but you must go through the purchasing process to register. You will NOT need a credit card. Once you complete the purchasing process, log on to massagemastery.online with your email and password. The course will be waiting for you on your dashboard. Click the course access button and follow the directions.
Introduction: We define priming and outline the components of the workshop. We look briefly at different education experts and their various names for priming.
Priming Theories: We learn that behavioral and cognitive psychology have theories about how and why priming works as an educational strategy.
Objectives of Priming Methods: Priming methods must reduce student anxiety and set students up to pay attention, comprehend, and process incoming information. We discuss the elements of successful priming activities.
Emotional Priming Activities: In this segment, we discuss the impact of student emotional states (e.g., anxiety, depression, resistance) on classroom learning and explore priming methods that calm and ground learners to improve their focus on course content.
Cognitive Priming Activities: Cognitive priming enlivens the brain's associative networks and creates context for learners. We look at several priming activities to improve student engagement during massage theory learning.
Get Started with Priming: We identify the needs of our student cohorts and the types of methods that will fit particular content. We learn to factor time, content, and students into our planning.
Course Closing: We determine our primary takeaway and identify one class where we'll try priming soon.