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Rethinking Failure

June 19, 2012


The concept of failure is very present in modern day education. We use the threat of failure as both a means of motivating, so that you don’t fail, and of filtering, preventing those students who did fail from moving forward. This concept of failure is only part of the picture in the real world, though. […]

Trial and Error = Flow

June 17, 2012


At The Puzzle School we’re essentially trying to teach through trial and error. Which means we aim to create environments (puzzles) where you can solve challenges through trial and error. This means that the environment is simplified, making it easier to come up with hypothesis to “try” and where there is feedback that makes it […]

Choice – Why jobs, school, and parents all suck

December 13, 2011


The title of this post if a little over the top, but I do think that choice, or lack there-of, is at the heart of many problems we face as individuals interacting within groups like work or school or family. I read a lot about motivation. It usually relates to work (Drive & The Progress […]

The Linda Problem

November 29, 2011


I love problems like the one described in this New York Times Article: Thinking Fast And Slow (it’s a book review and I’ll definitely check the book out) To see how, consider what Kahneman calls the “best-known and most controversial” of the experiments he and Tversky did together: “the Linda problem.” Participants in the experiment […]