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ERIC Number: EJ941503
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Apr
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 3
ISSN: ISSN-1529-8957
Putting a Little Mystery in Teaching
Goodwin, Bryan; Ristvey, John
Principal Leadership, v11 n8 p24-27 Apr 2011
Posing mysteries is not just a gimmicky way to increase the entertainment value of a lesson; it taps into students' innate human desire to explore and learn about their environments. Instead of coming right out and providing students with the answers, teachers can build suspense, piquing students' natural curiosity. Teachers can guide students, revealing one interesting plot twist after another, to the key knowledge or insight they want their students to learn. This article presents a few brief examples drawn from classroom materials and lesson plans that McREL, a nonprofit education research and development organization, has developed for NASA to help bring the science of unmanned space missions into schools and classrooms.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A