115: Belief formation on steroids. – Michael Rousell chats with us about how we can use surprise to change the way our students think about education and themselves.

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Teacher, psychologist, and author, Michael Rousell, chats with us about how we can use surprise to change  the way our students think about education and themselves.

Michael delves into the science of surprise, shares a story of how he became “the master of the pause,” and talks about  hypnotizing his students.

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Episode Highlights

  • 3:36 – Rae asks the most important question about the Teach Better Conference.
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  • 5:35 – Jeff talks about how good-looking Adam Welcome is.
  • 6:57 – Talking about how the conference is structured and why Rae is so excited.
  • 10:21 – Previewing the episode with Mike Rousell
  • 12:34  – Mike introduces himself.
  • 13:56 – Mike’s failure: Receiving a low teacher eval from students, and working too hard and not being himself.
  • 18:38 – Mike’s success: Starting a class by doing the “Thriller” dance.
  • 20:17 – What keeps Mike excited about education: Reaching students like himself.
  • 24:10 – Mike delves into the element of surprise and how it works.
  • 34:18 – 6 question answered in 15  seconds or less.
  • 38:19 – How to connect with Mike.

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