“The object of education is to prepare the young to educate themselves throughout their lives.”
Lev Vygotsky, Developmental Psychologist 1930
The job of the educator is to find that bit of magic, exploit it and leverage it to engage learners. This maybe why gaming is so popular with young learners, as the game designers cleverly build into their entertainment the key psychological elements that keeps the learning process of progressing through the game so riveting.
Education as a whole needs to be that interesting. Children are naturally curious and educators with the incredible arsenal of educational tools, methods and gadgets at their fingertips have no excuse to make learning any less riveting. Mark's work has shown us that when learners are excited, the neural physiology is geared for optimal learning. We probably can recognise this ourselves, if we think back at trying to master something we were really intrigued by, compared to something that just could not rouse our attention. The small group approach to teaching lends itself well to foster curious learning.