Category Archives: Learning Theory

All organisms learn through the four quadrants of operant conditioning. How do these concepts apply to working with kids?

School Re-Examined

How can we, as educators, tap into that natural human curiosity, that drive to understand, that intrinsic need to master the world? How can we ignite that passion for learning, blow it into a flame and keep adding fuel, rather than throwing a bucket of cold water on the fire? Continue reading

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Learning That Matters

Today I learned from a high school girl on the other side of the planet, how to make a steam powered electrical generator out of a pressure cooker, part of a hair dryer, some plastic tubing and a few wires, … Continue reading

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Identifying Obstacles to Learning

This post will appear to be about dogs, although it is also about human learners. But if you are a dog lover you will likely get more out of it.  As I have said before, my dogs are a couple … Continue reading

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Kids Crave Feedback

Last week’s cathartic rant on the traditional bell curve approach to testing has left me free to reflect on the tool of feedback which we give to our students, and how crucial it is to them as they learn. This … Continue reading

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What’s Wrong with Tests?

A Lot of things. The longer I am an educator, the more I dislike tests. I’m not talking about standardized tests like SAT’s and so forth, which of course have their own problems. I’m talking about my own tests that … Continue reading

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The Confluence of Neuroscience, Learning Theory and Student Motivation

All animals learn the same way, and that is by trying something and noticing the result. If the result is good, that animal is more likely to perform that behavior again. If it is bad, the animal is less likely … Continue reading

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Why Do Kids Say “I am no good at Science” ?

I believe all young children are natural scientists. What is science after all but simply exploring how the world works? It is our very nature to experiment, see the results, and draw conclusions. My brother at the age of two … Continue reading

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