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The importance of ‘wow’ in learning

The Star – Catherine Little

“In our quest for higher test scores, let’s not lose sight of “wow!” in learning. My students let out a collective “wow!” the day I started a science class by projecting a light spectrum along the walls of the classroom. I had merely placed a beaker of water on an overhead projector but the resulting colours delighted the teenagers sitting in my class and set the tone for the unit we were about to study. It was a little thing but it mattered a lot. I always found my teaching more effective when I presented the “wow” before the ‘why’.”(more)

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