How an Alaska Teacher Improved Student Attendance with Minecraft

Cindy Duncan, EdSurge, Feb 12, 2016
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Throughout most of my educational career, the early morning subject was mathematics. Then, later, formal logic. It is as though someone figured our abstract brains work best in the morning. Well, mine most certainly did not. So I would have appreciated this teacher's method to encourage attendance first thing in the morning: Minecraft. Why does this work? "Are you more likely to put in extra time and effort on tasks you find engaging? For most of us the answer is, yes—our achievement is driven by our interest. This is true even for children."

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