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Our January Think Tanks are always special. For this one, we asked teachers to tell us about one thing they had changed in the last year. To start the issue off, we chose a couple interesting videos about how the brain deals with change. In a fascinating podcast (or video if you prefer), David Badre gives us a delightful introduction to “cognitive control,” the part of our brain that turns knowledge into action. Harlan Cohen also tells us his story of change and how he learned to manage it in our Lite video.
Mohammad Khari gives us an overview of the issue. Then, in the Think Tank itself, Yulia Kharchenko, Heather Kretschmer, Christine Winskowski, and Tim Murphey all tell us about changes in how they teach language, with suggestions on adopting these new methods. Then, Harumi Kimura, Meredith Stephens with Takuma Sasakura, Ken Purnell with Lydia Rickard, and Curtis Kelly follow with ways their thinking in general has changed.
In the Plus section, Joshua Cohen closes with a story about an accidental realization that led to better listening, but just before that, look at our comments on how embracing change leads to creativity.