Category: Student Behavior

How Dancing Impacts Students’ Academic Performance

How Dancing Impacts Students’ Academic Performance

Last week, I experimented with activities with students that included dancing. Usually, I start my class session with the recap from the previous session, and for that, I use PowerPoint and animated games and review videos. The use of tech and animations in lesson activities is one of my strengths, as I use them heavily in my classrooms, from animated maps to the 3d paper model of the globe. However, my students now easily predict that they will witness or experience new animation or related activity. Therefore, I wanted to experiment with something I am not mastered, and then I started planning a tech-free starter activity. This time students need to perform the recap task in the dance move. I divided my class into five small groups and gave each group two tasks (questions) from the previous lesson. Each group had 3 minutes to decide and 3 minutes to produce the answer in a particular dance move(s). The experiment was a success, as students participated and enjoyed the activity, and throughout the lesson, they were active and participative. On this day, I reflected what makes them so much active during the session? Was it the change in the traditional lesson plan or the dancing? Continue reading “How Dancing Impacts Students’ Academic Performance”

Why Do Students Cheat in Exams? | The Concept of Predictable Irrationality

Why We Cheat? | The Concept of Predictable Irrationality

Yesterday one of my students, who is now in high school, came to me, sharing the good news about his achievement in a school exam. As the conversation proceeds, he asks me, ‘Sir, why do we cheat? What difference does it make if a person succeeds by cheating and a person who did not cheat? This question is not new to me as the pupils usually ask when they are caught up doing cheating in exams or observe any cheating in the classroom. However, this question reminds me of a year old TEDx video of Dan Ariely, who shared his hospital experience when he was severely burnt and talked about the concept of ‘Predictable Irrationality’.

What is Predictable Irrationality? It means a person is very well aware of their decision(s) and its repercussions; still, the person wants to make that decision. Cheating is one of the kinds of decisions that students and adults make when they want to achieve something or when things are getting ‘wrong’. One may ask, what encourages us to cheat? According to Dan Ariely, it is all about duration and intensity, i.e. how much time we have to complete any given task or target and at what strength we are working. Continue reading “Why Do Students Cheat in Exams? | The Concept of Predictable Irrationality”