The very first weekend of summer, I was returning home from running in Charlevoix with a good friend. It's a long drive and partway home, I was able to pick up a TedTalk. The topic was "Nudging." I had never formally heard of this before and was so mesmerized that I missed my freeway exit. The link to the Ted Talk is here.
Nudge theory has to do with using indirect suggestion teamed with positive reinforcement to encourage certain behaviors. I'm wondering how we can use this theory to promote positive change in our students and in our staff? Think of the possibilities: homework completion, throwing away lunch trash, copy machine etiquette, etc.
Here's the wiki link for a little more background.
And a couple of youtube videos about Nudge Theory:
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I sure hope I can inspire my students with the elegance, beauty and joy of mathematical connections this year.