Every Classroom Should Have This Infographic

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Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Dr. Carol Dweck is a must read for every parent, teacher and student. As a matter of fact, it should be read by everyone.

Parents and teachers should stop labeling students as “smart” or “dumb” or as “good” or “bad”. Instead they should be taught that everyone is capable of anything one puts his or her mind to.

Moreover, I think the two mindsets should explained to every student and the infographic be hanged in every classroom and house everywhere as a reminder of the two mindsets. Maybe also assign the book for reading as part of the reading list? Continue reading

Spaced repetition

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Spaced repetition is a learning technique that incorporates increasing intervals of time between subsequent review of previously learned material in order to exploit the psychological spacing effect.

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spaced_repetition_system

Classroom physics: free body diagram of Ariane 5

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I’ve been recently teaching Physics to 8th graders. We have finished the chapters on motion, forces, and friction, and just covered gravity. As part of this chapter, though not included in the curriculum or book, I introduced the concept of the free body diagram [1]. In the first session introducing this concept, most students didn’t really grab what it is or why it is important.

For the last session before the vacation, I started the class by playing a video of the Ariane 5 [2] launch that occurred on 29 August 2013 of the French Guiana:

Note: if can’t see the video click here.

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