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Why do we remember some learning experiences and forget others completely? As teachers and teacher leaders, we want lessons and learning experiences to leave long-lasting impressions on those with whom we work. When we understand the psychology behind memories and learning, we can use that knowledge to design powerful moments for adults and students alike. According to Chip and Dan Heath in their 2018 book The Power of Moments: Why Certain Experiences Have Extraordinary Impact, memorable positive experiences contain one or more of these elements: Elevation, insight, pride, and connection. In my interactive session we explore each of these elements in depth through a mathematical lens and consider how to implement them in our work with students and/or adult learners.
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The Power of Moments:
Why Certain Experiences Have Extraordinary Impact
The book The Power of Moments: Why Certain Experiences Have Extraordinary Impact by Chip and Dan Heath really struck a chord with me as an educator, father, and husband. That’s because in any of our capacities, we experience defining moments that rise above the ordinary aspects of our lives. The authors dig into why that happens and provide us with concrete ideas for how we can use this understanding to orchestrate powerful moments in our lives and in the lives of others. I highly recommend you add this book to your reading list. It’s also great on Audible.
Chip and Dan Heath provide a number of free resources you can use to help you implement the ideas from The Power of Moments in your setting. I highly encourage you to check them out. The Switch for Organizations Workbook and the Switch Framework are particularly helpful.
The Power of Moments Podcasts: