Curiosity: It Helps Us Learn, But Why?By Maanvi Singh
[…] Jolanda Blackwell, like many others teachers, understands that when kids are curious, they’re much more likely to stay engaged. But why? What, exactly, is curiosity and how does it work? A study published in the October issue of the journal Neuron, suggests that the brain’s chemistry changes when we become curious, helping us better learn and retain information.
Our Brains On Curiosity
Below are two important papers recently published challenging the assumption that the diameter of the middle cerebral artery remains constant in response to hypocapnia and hypercapnia (using MRI technology) as previously reported. Cerebral blood flow velocity underestimates cerebral blood flow during modest hypercapnia and hypocapnia – Coverdale et al. Assessment of middle cerebral artery diameter […]
One of the reform ideas proposed by education advocates—though not, admittedly, one of them that’s seen much implementation in policy—has been just paying teachers really well. Maybe if we paid teachers like small business executives they’d perform a lot better.
Well the Equity Project (TEP) Charter School actually tried this. The results are pretty interesting.
TEP is located in New York City’s Washington Heights neighborhood and enrolls mostly low-income,