Whatever you call it, we all learn best when we discover and build our own knowledge. Remember dissecting a frog? Sitting in a Planetarium for the first time? The first time you baked a cake? We're wired to be curious, to want to know more. We could talk about Vygotsky's Zone of Proximal Development and how we always want to bridge the gap between what we already know and what we need to know. But we won't. Just know that our job is to supply you with the resources and triggers that will make you want to jump into that oversized creative chair and try it on for size.
We were recently asked to design a lesson that would effect lasting behavior change in the nutritional choices of freshman high school students. To make it relevant and fun, they were all given the mobile App, Carrot, to chart their nutritional choices for a week. It's a sassy, irreverent, funny tool that gets their attention. Next we created this humorous animation to show them how one little choice a day can put 30 pounds on their bodies in one year!