Do Rewards Dull Creativity In The Classroom?

Carl Dunker devised an experiment called the candle problem in the 1950’s.  In it he gathered a group of individuals, gave them  a candle, some thumb tacks and a box arranged in the way pictured above and told them that their job was to attach the candle to the wall...

How to Get to Know Your Students Quickly

In Australia we have started school again for the year.  Because I teach in a senior college (years 10-12), we start the year a bit differently.  We had an orientation day last Thursday and classes started today.  I met all of my classes, and it looks like it will be...

Back to School teaching tips

In Australia most schools will be going back this week.  As I have spent the last week speaking at staff development days and to teachers who are teaching for the first time I have been fascinated at the variety of back to school tips and strategies for how to engage...

Strategies To Help The Brain Learn

In the last post we looked at how to engage the brain in learning.  We looked at how the Reticular Activating System (RAS) acts as a filter which gives priority to information that is new or alerts our curiosity.  The brain is hard wired to make predictions and then...

How to Engage the Brain in Learning

What do you do with a student who is inattentive or consistently distracted in class? Each one of us are constantly being bombarded with information via our five senses (taste, touch, smell, hearing, seeing), yet not all that information reaches our conscious...

What Will A Teachers Role Be In 5 Years From Now?

If you have read any of my past posts you would know that I like the work of Dan Pink especially his material on motivation (here is a link to the most recent post on the subject).  I had the opportunity to meet Dan in Sydney at the end of 2010.  Dan spoke about the...

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