HELPFUL COGNITIVE APPROACHES
Novelty excites the brain and stimulates learning, and young adolescent brains are hard-wired for action.
Like it, or not, there is a lot of competition for students’ attention. We live in an impatient world of sound-bite news, accelerating download speeds, and fast food to go. We have to invest some energy in shaking up the learning environment; we have to keep our lessons fresh.
Lessons that create curiosity, anticipation, and suspense activate their intellects and direct their physical and emotional energy toward productive goals.