December 16, 2014
What do we know about how children learn? We know that they need to experience a concept many times to remember it—some say seven times. We know that active engagement—hands-on learning—is superior to “sit and get” experiences. We know that when students have positive emotional connections to the experience, they are more likely to remember it, and that negative emotions produce stress-induced chemicals that interfere with the brain’s ability to remember. The importance of personal choice cannot be underestimated. When a child chooses an experience again and again out of interest—whether...