On Richard Curwin’s Wonder, Prediction and Student Engagement

Richard Curwin‘s post, Wonder, Prediction and Student Engagement, provides some classic recommendations to help teachers and instructional designers use methods like compare/contrast, Socratic questioning, and learner predictions.

The idea of focusing on predictions reminded me of Derek Muller‘s work that suggests students tend to ignore new information in favor of their own pre-existing understanding, even if it’s wrong. But if you call attention to students’ misunderstandings as predictions (as Muller sometimes shows in his Veritasium videos), this can help students adjust faulty mental models by creating cognitive dissonance when they compare their prediction to the correct answer.

Cross-posted from Keep Learning