Motivation Monday: The Super Mario Effect - Tricking Your Brain into Learning More via @MarkRober

The Super Mario Effect:
Tricking Your Brain into Learning More
Via: @MarkRober from TEDxPenn

So, I've kind of become obsessed with a new YouTube channel that I came across last year while searching through some research to help a fellow teacher out with a lesson in her classroom.  I found Mark Rober's YouTube channel and it's AMAZING!  Mark hooks viewers into his videos with very creative inventions, experiments, and pranks, only to surprise you with amazing science facts & knowledge.  Feel free to check out Mark's YouTube channel right HERE.  

While checking out his videos, I also came across this video:  "The Super Mario Effect: Tricking Your Brain into Learning More."  This video is great at explaining the main reason that we, as Instructional Technology Specialist, choose to bring technology, PBL, STEAM programs, ETC, into classroom instruction.  It's why we work so hard with educators to frame our lessons, engage/push our students, and learn from our failures.  Please, watch the WHOLE video below, but here are some of my favorite takeaways from the video:

"Those that didn't see failing in the negative light... see more success, and therefor learn more" 2:15

"The trick to learning more and having more success is finding the right way to frame the learning process" 2:30

"Learning from, but not focusing in on the failures.... or (The Super Mario Effect: Focusing on the Princess and not the pits, to stick with a task and learn more)" 4:30

"If you re-frame the challenges it can make all the difference..."  (Engaging students with technology and/or a "hook" during your lesson)  9:48

Hooking your students into your lessons: 12:05 - 12:30

"By re-framing the learning process and focusing on the end goal, the fear of failure is often taken off the table, and learning just comes more naturally."12:30

Another video I really enjoy, is this video of Mark celebrating the landing of NASA's Curiosity landing on Mars.  Mark worked directly on this project and for NASA for over 7 years before beginning his work on his science channel and YouTube channel.  This video is a culmination of all his hard work and effort:

Collaborate and learn from Mark at any of the below links: