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We Need To Pay More Attention To Flow

May 26, 2012

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There is a state of mind called “Flow” which many people believe to be an optimal psychological state for learning and creativity: From Wikipedia: Flow is the mental state of operation in which a person in an activity is fully immersed in a feeling of energized focus, full involvement, and success in the process of […]

Rest As A Sign Of Respect

May 25, 2012

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In high school I was notorious for falling asleep at my desk. My teachers would force me to stand at my desk (while my classmates sat) in order to stay awake. It was taken as a sign of disrespect that I was falling asleep. In some ways I was being disrespectful. I was telling the […]

I Don’t Want To Ruin It For You

May 25, 2012

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People frequently say this when discussing a movie with a great cliffhanger. They understand that the experience of discovery that the movie presents is extremely enjoyable and they don’t want you to miss that feeling. Similarly I wish more educators and parents would think about the development and education of children this way. The process […]

Puzzle-Based Learning

May 24, 2012

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Have you ever seen those creative answers to tests that make their way around the Internet? If not, here are a few: These answers were of course marked incorrect, but they are all actually correct. In many ways they represent the most useful skill we can encourage in students, creativity. In the real world the […]

Not Personalization, Autonomy

May 21, 2012

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I really wish people would stop talking about the personalization revolution in education, where technology will allow us to deliver a personalized learning plan for every student. If you want true personalization you don’t need technology, you need autonomy. The only truly personalized learning is one where the student decides what he or she is […]

No, let me do it

May 17, 2012

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I hope that students will be saying this as much as possible at The Puzzle School: “No, let me do it” As in, don’t tell me the answer, don’t help me, let me figure it out. I think this is a huge indicator of a great educational environment. Students believing that they can figure it […]

Did you figure that out all on your own?

May 16, 2012

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**** Update **** After thinking about this some more and reading the comment below I’ve decided at least for myself this statement is still too focused on the conclusion of the work rather than the process. I probably would not use this statement too much with students **************** This is what I want teachers and […]