The Plastic Brain

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Children as Protagonists.

This short video shows some wonderful examples of a pedagogical style that has been bubbling away in the back of my mind. Namely, engaging students in real-world problem solving. Not only will it improve their learning and engagement, but they might even come up with some good ideas.

I remember at the end of my Biotechnology degree, one of the projects was to write a mock business plan. This was done in groups, and my group was lucky enough to work on a business plan for a real company: a bioremediation start-up that some of the researchers from the uni were putting together. The fact that our project could form part of the business plan for a real company was a great feeling, and I know we did a better job because of it.

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Author: Rogan Tinsley

Biology, science and maths teacher with a PhD in Neuroscience and passion for education.

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