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Category: Theory

Bloom’s Taxonomy – one step at a time

Bloom’s Taxonomy – one step at a time

Spring is here, at last. In the Northeast, where I live, the flowers are finally in bloom.  It makes me smile every time I drive down the block.  So, it seems fitting to reintroduce Bloom’s Rose, a model for learning that was developed in 1956. What does it mean for us today?  It reminds us... Read More
Find the Flow

Find the Flow

As my son’s 4th-grade teacher reminded me at Parents’ Night, “learning should be just a little uncomfortable.” Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi’s Flow Concept The concept, introduced by Hungarian professor, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, suggests that students are most engaged when a ... Read More
Give ’em a break

Give ’em a break

I know you’re reluctant to take a break because you have too little time to get through all the material you need to cover.  I’ve been there too. However, all of the research (referenced below) points to the same conclusion — your group will actually retain more if you do take a b... Read More
Maslow’s Hierarchy and Learners’ Basic Needs

Maslow’s Hierarchy and Learners’ Basic Needs

In his 1943 paper, A Theory of Human Motivation, psychologist Abraham Maslow , [2] proposed the idea that a person’s most basic needs must be satisfied before higher order needs can be addressed. The needs he identified are: Physiological – includes air, food, water, sex, sleep, other factors to... Read More