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Overcoming Apathy: Strategies for Teaching from the Psychology of Learning. TODD ZAKRAJSEK, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR CENTER FOR FACULTY EXCELLENCE UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA – CHAPEL HILL 919-966-1289 TODDZ@UNC.EDU. Regis University Fall Faculty Conference October 7, 2011.

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    1. Overcoming Apathy: Strategies for Teaching from the Psychology of Learning TODD ZAKRAJSEK, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR CENTER FOR FACULTY EXCELLENCE UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA – CHAPEL HILL 919-966-1289 TODDZ@UNC.EDU Regis University Fall Faculty Conference October 7, 2011

    2. What behaviors illustrate or are good examples of something an unmotivated student might do?

    3. Attribution How do we describe the “cause” of behavior??? - Internal (dispositional) - External (situational)

    4. Attribution Power of Misattribution - Insomnia Gave pill and told side effect increased heart rate and anxiety - First Year Students Statistics on initial struggling Video of students

    5. Attribution Ferris….

    6. Card passing What is one issue or concern you have with respect to your students and creating an effective learning environment?

    7. Body’s Reaction to Lecturing Bligh, 2000, What’s the Use of Lectures?2000, p.51; Hartley & Davies, 1978, Programmed Learning and Educational Technology:15:207-224.

    8. Lecture Breaks Increase Students’ Attention Bligh, What’s the Use of Lectures? 2000, p.51.

    9. Power of Social Norms Cialdini…. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j7OHG7tHrNM

    10. Power of Social Norms Your heritage is being vandalized every day by theft losses of petrified wood of 14 tons of wood a year, mostly a small piece at a time.

    11. Power of Social Norms

    12. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=paXCXnaiUlA&feature=related

    13. Pashler, McDaniel, Rohrer, & Bjork, 2009 Learning Styles: Concepts and Evidence

    14. http://www.theonion.com/articles/parents-of-nasal-learners-demand-odorbased-curricu,396/http://www.theonion.com/articles/parents-of-nasal-learners-demand-odorbased-curricu,396/ Parents Of Nasal Learners Demand Odor-Based Curriculum March 15, 2000

    15. Basketball….

    16. Effort vs. Entity Mueller & Dweck, 1998

    17. mug night vases vector • http://www.manythings.org/anagrams/ gum thing saves covert

    18. marching nameless licensed teaching thickens charming salesman silenced cheating kitchens

    19. host inch fiber glare sisters shot chin brief large resists

    20. Place “Smart” and “Effort” in Proper Place # Problems Solved Standard Trial 3 Trial 1

    21. Effort # Problems Solved Standard Smart Trial 3 Trial 1

    22. Flingledobe and Pribin(Lavoie, 1989) Last Serny, Flingledobe and Pribin were in the Berdlink treppering gloopy caples and cleaming burly greps. Suddenly, a ditty strezzle boofed into Flingledobe’s tresk. Pribin glaped. “Oh Flingledobe,” he chifed, “that ditty strezzle is tunning in your grep!”

    23. Flingledobe and Pribin(Lavoie, 1989) 1. When did Flingedobe and Pribin treppen? 2. What kind of caples did Flingledobe and Pribin treppen? 3. What did the ditty strezzle do to Flingledobe’s tresk? 4. What was Pribin’s reaction? 5. What do you imagine happened next? 6. Based on the incidents in the story, why do you think Flingledobe and Pribin went to Berdlink? Are they likely to return? Why or why not?

    24. Student Apathy and Boredom Students report becoming apathetic and bored when forced to listen, listen, listen to information transmitted in nonengaging class lectures

    25. Student Apathy and Boredom Father: What did you learn in school today? Son: They don’t give us time to learn anything. We have to listen to the teacher all day!

    26. Student Apathy and Boredom Students report becoming apathetic and bored when they fail to see personal relevance in course content

    27. Student Apathy and Boredom Students report becoming apathetic and bored when misunderstanding leads to confusion and poor grades

    28. Thank you !!!