15 May 2012

Systems in Medicine (and everywhere else, too.)

Atul Gawande gave this TED Talk about how surgeons are beginning to make a transformation in how they operate by adopting some very simple tools, but with the caveat that the transformation is going very slowly because they have a culture of the lone cowboy acting boldly. I've heard some teachers describe teaching that way. I don't think checklists are the missing ingredient for teachers, but systems thinking probably is a key component that is missing from most schooling.

03 May 2012

Science of Laughter

Here's a TEDx video on the science of laughter" http://youtu.be/1JiUqa8wrUs I did a study of the effects of laughter on memory in school last semester for my class on cognitive psychology.