Sunday, January 31, 2010
Toward the end of the quarter, he revealed why he was so mean. Apparently, research shows that people learn better and retain information more when they are feeling an emotion - preferably a strong one. He choose fear. It must have worked because I remembered the lesson, but when I became a teacher I tried to inspire joy rather than fear in my students (though in my bad moments, I am sure I inspired the former).
So, given that research, I would imagine that happy teachers = happy students = better learning. But then that isn't exactly rocket science. Most of us know this intuitively. Just the same, there are plenty of studies and statistics to back it up. Here is just one of many.
Fun Comma Practice
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