The Puzzle of Motivation

by on March 28, 2017

Dan Pink made one correct statement: There is a mismatch between what science knows and what business does. Before anything further, I am sure if Dan Pink reviewed this video now, six years later, then he would be embarrassed (I hope) to have it on the Web, and on the TED.com website of all places. […]

We Are Not Common and Ordinary

by on March 28, 2017

Since the days of the Renaissance philosophers and scientists, such as Copernicus and Galileo, mankind has continually sunk themselves to a level closer and closer to mere common and ordinariness. From Copernicus, to Darwin, to Freud we have continually attempted to devolve the condition of man, and I firmly believe it is to our detriment. […]

It is true: No one fears failure

by on March 28, 2017

No one fears failure. The willingness, the desire, to create is perhaps the chief characteristic of being human. That quintessential desire of humans to want to improve, to go beyond our current limits, is a natural condition. This natural condition makes the fear of failure all but impossible. So, then why is it that not […]

Setting Up A Cultually Responsive Classroom

by on March 28, 2017

Ishmael is a seventeen-year old high school student, who just arrived at a small high school on the coast of California, north of the Golden Gate Bridge. Ishmael just arrived at this high school from Mexico. He speaks minimal English. He comes to Study Hall three days a week, and chooses to sit in the […]

Culturally Responsive Pedagogy in Math Class

by on March 28, 2017

The goal of my instruction is to provide all of my students with the skills necessary to compete with their peers at the next level. My task is not just for my students to perform well on high-stakes tests, but to be able to do advanced math fluently. A language teacher may desire that all […]

Achieving the Runner’s High in the Classroom?

by on March 28, 2017

This essay is an extension to an essay by Jeff at Logic of Long Distance in regard to the relationship between anxiety and learning. If we think of Jeff’s essay consisting of a hypothesis (anxiety and learning) and conclusion (need for play), then what I aim to do here is to re-frame the hypothesis in […]