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Exhausted Learning

February 27, 2012

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I had an interesting experience last night. I was on a flight home from a bachelor party and was completely drained. I couldn’t even muster the effort to read a book. Basically I was in TV zone. I love moments like this because they allow me to pay attention to what I am able to […]

Thinking Fast And Slow – An Excellent Read

February 21, 2012

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I’m only halfway through this book, but it’s already proving to be one of the more complete and approachable psychology books I’ve ever read. The psychology it deals with isn’t about emotions or depression, but rather about how our brains take shortcuts based on patterns that are very useful to our survival, but can easily […]

My Working Theory on Learning

February 17, 2012

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Here’s my working theory on how to optimize learning as an educator. It starts with autonomy. If you start forcing someone to do something then you’ve already lost. Learning can’t be optimal unless the student feels like they are learning because they want to be learning. This is obviously tricky for most educators because they […]

Simulating Motivation

February 16, 2012

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Motivation is a funny thing. We know that something like autonomy can be a motivating factor (or rather the lack of autonomy can be a hugely demotivating factor), but the funny thing is that autonomy can be simulated or faked very easily. If someone want to control another person (remove their autonomy), say a parent […]

The Hole In The Wall

February 9, 2012

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I just finished reading Sugata Mitra‘s book that describes in greater detail the “Hole In The Wall” experiment he did in India. Essentially they placed a computer in to a hole in a wall in an Indian village and left it there. They came back a month later and discovered that the children in the […]