How to teach: apply pressure to student confidence

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Dan Mayer, in characteristic style, walks through what starts out as a simple geometry problem but becomes increasingly challenging. Just when his students think they have the matter sorted out, he slides around a few lines and their theories bend an break. Back in teacher’s college we called this creating cognitive dissonance. Thomas Kuhn says it’s the stuff of paradigm shifts.

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