harnessing the power of the "gap"

16 Feb

in my continued journey through ‘made to stick’ i’ve come upon the second aspect of sticky ideas, this being unexpected. after looking at simplicity and getting your message down to it’s core, unexpected seemed just as reasonable. the heath brothers talk about hooking an audience, be it in a movie theater or a classroom, by pointing out gaps in their knowledge thus giving them a desire to fill those gaps, even if it means sitting through the end of that crummy movie! it makes sense, if students are simply curious about what the teacher has to tell them it’s going to generate interest and considering that they are a captive audience anyway it would seem reasonable that the job would be a bit easier. the movie goer could simply get up and walk about, not so with the student…usually. so how do we create learning experiences that utilize the recognition of knowledge gaps?

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Posted by on February 16, 2009 in Uncategorized


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