Peer Instruction: Right for Wicked Problems?

Peer Instruction is a teaching method invented in 1991 by Eric Mazur, a physics professor at Harvard University. Mazur found that, in spite of his award-winning lectures and his students’ high test scores, the students failed to grasp the concepts he was teaching. They could crank out formulaic answers by rote, but couldn’t explain the […]

The Power of Stories

“The impulse to repeatedly tell and listen to stories appears to be a lock-and-key mechanism of intergenerational information transfer.” Cozolino, L. (2013). The social neuroscience of education : Optimizing attachment and learning in the classroom (First ed., Norton books in education). New York: W.W. Norton & Company. Storytelling, easily dismissed as the domain of fantasy […]

Classroom segregation: An extreme exercise in sociality

“Remember to walk a mile in his moccasins…We will be known forever by the tracks we leaveIn other people’s lives.” Judge Softly by Mary T. Lathrap, 1895 On April 5, 1968, third-grade teacher Jane Elliott launched a controversy that still simmers today. More on that in a minute. The subject of chapter two in How […]