Africa’s Revolutionary Educational Market

A History of Change

Africa: a continent with so many natural resources.  The natural richness of Africa makes it impossible to believe this massive continent is home to most of the poorest countries in the world.  Despite the economic and social disparities Africa faces, Africans carry the everlasting spirit of warriors.  These warriors have fought social and economic injustice, and their culture is rooted in the stories of African slave trade, Apartheid, and the decolonization of African countries.  During my visit at @InnovationAfric, Africa’s Ministerial Official Summit, it was apparent that the diaspora is still fighting the same injustices of the past.  

At the Innovation Africa Summit, decolonization is apparent in the faces of the people in power.  It was amazing to me that 99% of African ministers are of African descent.  But the fight did not stop when Africans were placed in power; the fight continues through the messages delivered at the summit’s panels.  There was one clear message that resonated with me after sitting in some of the panels: “Education has the power to change social and economic injustice.”  This message is the reason I studied education in college.  I was delighted to share this message with the African people, and I felt empowered to join them on the journey to change education in Africa.

 

 

Learning about Africa’s Challenges

As one of Genius Plaza’s representatives, I was on a mission to find out what part Genius Plaza can play in Africa’s educational revolution.  Unesco estimates between 30-70 million children are without access to education.  They also reported between 40 and 90% of schools – depending on their location in Africa – don’t have access to internet, technology, and resources (books, decolonized literature).  So the question that arose was, how does an educational technology company help countries with such challenges?

 

Genius Plaza’s Role in Changing Education

Below, I listed some ways educational technology companies can help Africa’s educational revolution.  The first area where Genius Plaza can help is in providing good quality, culturally relevant resources (eBooks, games, videos, exercises) to each unique country in Africa.  Genius Plaza has provided their users with a game-changing tool called “Re-teach.”  Teachers and students from around the world are empowered to create content unique to the user.  Re-teach can help in the decolonization process, because it gives people tools to tell their stories using their personal experiences, culture, and mother tongues.  

For example, Uganda’s representative, Okaka Opio Bokotum, also an Associate Professor at Lira University in Uganda, shared with us his country’s fight and struggle for decolonization.  During the summit, I noticed most African representatives have a common problem – truly teaching their students how to become bilingual.  In most African countries, students are taught in their mother tongue until the first grade.  In the second and third grade, students begin learning in the national languages (English, Portuguese, French), which vary from country to country.  It is a struggle to raise bilingual students because there aren’t many resources created in their mother tongues, making it difficult for teachers to show students the value of learning, using, and celebrating their native language.  Professor Okaka expressed this same concern.  He was delighted to learn how Genius Plaza’s Re-teach tool can be used to show students the value of their mother tongue.  With Genius Plaza, Uganda can begin creating resources (eBooks, videos, exercises, games) in fifty-two different languages. This is truly revolutionary – it can change how Africans see themselves, their cultures, and it can change how the rest of the world sees and what the rest of the world knows about Africa.  

Secondly, providing African schools with access to Genius Plaza platform and apps.  By developing an offline platform and apps, we can welcome students from around the world access to good quality resources, regardless of internet access.

Lastly, working closely and building relationships with governments and ministers to help provide funding for schools, internet, and technology for schools that still need it.

The time for change is now!  Africa is a market looking for revolutionary change to allow their future children to compete with the rest of the world.

Africa

 


Let the Day Inspire Your Teaching

Did you know that March 13th is National Earmuff Day? Does that matter? Maybe!

A day’s teaching can be perked up by even the smallest things. I encourage you to scour the internet for all the little known national days that blanket the calendar. Let inspiration take over and add a little spark to your teaching with this knowledge.  You can link an educational topic or review some material that relates in some way to this theme of the day. Students will love it!  If you build excitement or anticipation in the classroom, students may find out just how much they care about the fact that June 6th is National Yo-yo Day.

Here’s an educational video I made about estimation and rounding for National Author’s Day, which is November 1st.

 Watch Video

December 4th is National Dice Day. How about a probability exercise for math class?

Watch video

January 23rd is National Handwriting Day. How about a fun writing activity to review spelling words?

Play game

March 12th is National Plant a Flower Day. How about a science class review of the parts of a plant?

Here’s where you can find a multitude of national days. There is always an opportunity to add a little more fun to the classroom and do something that will grab the attention of your students.

 

 

 


Rethinking Science Teaching and Learning

I am inclined to believe that science is not learned using textbooks, study guides, worksheets, or tests.  Rather, I think science is learned by thinking, processing information, constructing models, doing laboratory activities, and testing theories.  When I think of my science learning in elementary school, I remember reading about science in textbooks and completing numerous worksheets, or only having science class when my teacher had the time to teach it – it was often placed on the back burner, and I quickly became bored with it all.  I wanted to do science, not just read about it.

 

Do something different

During middle school, my science learning was similar, however, I was introduced to laboratory activities and I soon became hooked on the discovery portion of science learning!  I wanted to learn and discover more…  In high school, I fell in love with the sciences; however, I was disappointed with how I was learning it – copying notes from a chalkboard while the teacher was reciting what she wrote, memorizing standardized test content, or being told what I needed to think.  Hmm, I thought, where was the application of what I was learning?

I decided soon after to pursue a career in science teaching and learning, and made a promise to myself, my future children, and future students: I would teach it using an inquiry approach rather than a traditional one.  I wanted my children and students to learn how to do science, not merely read about it.  To teach science to them, rather than at them.  In recent years, data collected nationally and from state assessments has indicated a need to improve student performance in science, especially in the physical sciences and in performance-based learning tasks.

Involve your students

Throughout my teaching career as a high school science teacher, I supported and implemented an inquiry-based approach to my teaching, since it was the application component of science my kids appeared to struggle with.  When my students were active rather than passive in their science learning, they experienced many “Eureka!” moments: they learned to apply what was learned by participating in laboratory activities, made the connection to what they learned in lectures and class readings, as well as to the real world.  

STELLA (Science Teachers Learning from Lesson Analysis) is proving to be quite a reform method in science education, much like the Full Operation Science Systems (FOSS), a K-8 student-centered program that emphasizes student inquiry, thinking, and application.

Programs such as STELLA and FOSS are based upon the premise that if instructors are provided with well-developed teaching materials which promote student inquiry, and professional development that helps them learn how to effectively use the materials, they are more likely to implement hands-on science programs, so student achievement improves.  Both programs provide instructors with extensive professional development, and appealing, well-developed materials to help them use inquiry and laboratory approaches to teach science to improve student achievement.

Create a habit

Inquiry science learning is based on the following cognitive processes: observation, communication, comparison, organization, cause and effect relationships, inference, and application.  Inquiry during science learning is enriched by conceptual knowledge and supports a “habit of mind” philosophy.  Students need to be given the opportunity to demonstrate habits of mind skills which include curiosity, open-mindedness, and respect for evidence, persistence, and a sense of stewardship and care when they are engaged in science learning.

Students should be given time to explore, experiment, make observations, test ideas, construct physical and mathematical models, and be given the opportunity to think in different ways – all of which are components of the inquiry approach, where they are encouraged to be actively involved in their own learning.  Both the inquiry approach and the use of hands-on learning in science give instructors and students this opportunity.  Here’s hoping that these methodologies persevere well in the twenty-first century and beyond, so all kids learn to love the discipline as I did many moons ago as a kinesthetic, naturalistic, and logical-mathematical learner sitting in a boring, traditionally-centered science classroom.


Tips for Surviving Algebra 1

Okay folks, the time has come. Your child has entered high school, and that can be a terrifying time for everyone involved. Students these days have a lot to worry about in their first year of high school. Embarrassing mess-ups in gym class, puberty-induced acne scars, and worst of all, the dreaded “A” word. I am speaking, of course, about Algebra. It may have been a while since you’ve encountered this mathematical beast, but if you’re like a lot of parents, you can remember it just clearly enough to know that you hated it. You’ve known for a while now that your child would have to defeat this dragon, and the thought has filled you with dread. Never fear! I’m here to help. Here are my top 2x+4=18 tips for Surviving Algebra 1.

Attitude is Everything

As I said before, having a child in Algebra 1 class can be a horrifying experience for everyone involved. You child might get frustrated, or anxious, or some combination of the two, and that’s okay. Expressing these negative emotions is good for a child’s mental health. You, however, are different. You may very well experience these emotions as well, but I would encourage you not to express them too much in front of your child. It is very important at this time for you to model a positive attitude. When your child vents to you about their mathematical frustrations, listen to them enough to validate their feelings, but don’t commiserate. Instead, crack your knuckles and get to work. Find some answers, if you can. Figure out how to do the problem yourself, and show your child. Offer helpful advice, such as asking their teacher for help or starting a study group. Don’t let your child slide too far into a pit of despair. Instead, stay above it, and throw them a rope!

Build from the Ground Up

As a subject, math has a tendency to build upon itself. As with any building, a student’s understanding of math will crumble to the ground if it doesn’t have a solid foundation. As such, it is absolutely crucial that your child have a solid grasp of the basics before they try to tackle more complicated concepts. In Algebra 1, the list of “basics” contains only one item: equations. Most of what your child will do in Algebra 1 will revolve around the concept of equations. As such, to ensure your child’s success, it is extremely important to make sure they have a solid understanding of equations. It’s not enough to make sure they know how to solve an equation; they need to understand what that means. The solution to an equation can be seen as a point on a line, as a pair of numbers (x,y) for which a statement is true, or as an output associated with a given input (or vice-versa). Fortunately, most of this should have been covered in 8th grade. Sometimes, however, it can be swept under the rug. Encourage your child to dig deep for this fundamental understanding, and to explore the true meaning of equations.

Praise Hard Work

Students, schools, and teachers these days spend too much time worrying about grades. A grade is meant to be an objective measure of a student’s understanding, and yet it has come to mean so much more. It can mean the difference between attending a good college and not, and for that reason they are important. But grades have taken on an even deeper psychological meaning for our kids: children have come to understand that they get praised when they get a good grade, and reprimanded when they get a bad grade. See the problem there? What was meant to be a litmus test to indicate the presence or lack of a problem in understanding has instead become a crystal ball for kids to see their disciplinary future. Kids get so anxious over their grades that they have trouble sleeping or studying, which adversely affects, among other things, their grades! There’s an easy solution: forget the grades. When your child comes home with an A, praise not the A itself, but the hard work your child did to earn that A. When your child comes home with a B, praise their work, and encourage them to strive for perfection. When your child comes home with a D, don’t yell at them; instead, figure out why. A D is not a reason for punishment, it is an indication that something is wrong with your child’s understanding of the material. Help your child figure out where they went wrong, so they don’t make the same mistakes again.

Practice Makes Perfect

Surviving Algebra - practice makes perfect

The phrase may be overused to the point of cliché, but it still rings true: practice really does breed perfection. If your child doesn’t instantly understand a concept, they need to practice until they do. Equations in particular should be practiced to the point of near-nausea. However, be careful here. If a child doesn’t have a good understanding of a concept, and they practice that concept, then there is a good chance they’ll practice that concept incorrectly, and thus gain an incorrect understanding. As such, you need to make sure your child is practicing correctly before you turn them loose on a boatload of practice problems. If you’re not sure how to do a certain kind of problem, find a tutor or ask your child’s teacher for some sample problems with detailed solutions. If you choose the latter, make sure you’re polite with that request. Teachers love when parents get involved, but hate when they appear to insist that their child’s needs be placed before all others.

Learn to answer “the question”

There is one question that every student has asked at some point in their lives. It’s a question math teachers have come to dread. The question is simply, “When am I ever going to use this?” When your child asks this question, take it as a warning sign. It means they’re questioning the validity of a concept, or even math in general, and it can be a sign that they’re beginning the processes of giving up. There are two things you should avoid doing: 1) Not answering the question, and 2) Answering with something like “you need to know this math so that you can learn other math.” If this question goes unchallenged, the student will almost certainly give up. If a child is told that this math is only a gateway for harder math, then there’s a chance their frustration will build until it reaches a boiling point, at which time there’s no hope they’ll ever learn to enjoy math. Instead, learn to give a satisfactory answer. Come up with a way to use whatever math it is that they’re asking about. If you can’t think of anything, tell them you’re not sure, but you’ll figure it out and tell them later. If you do that though, then it’s on you to actually follow through on that. You can again turn to help from their teacher. Teachers have lots of experience answering that question, and they’ll probably be willing and able to help you out.

Use Math in Real Life

Surviving Algebra - Real Life

This goes hand in hand with the previous tip. Pay attention to the math that your child is learning, and whenever possible, ask them to use it to help you solve real problems. Going on a vacation? Ask them to help you calculate the cost. Buying supplies for a party? Ask them to help you find the best deals. Comparing health insurance plans? Paying your taxes? Got a career that involves math in some way? You get the idea. By asking your child for help with your real-world math problems, you accomplish three things: 1) You forever vanquish that “when am I ever going to use this” question 2) You expose them to real-world issues now so they’re more prepared when they have to enter the real world on their own, and 3) By asking for their help, you help them feel like a valued part of your family’s problem-solving process. It is particularly easy to find real-world uses for equations and inequalities; once you get used to looking for them, you’ll see them everywhere! Remember, nothing simulates the real world like the real world itself!

Engage

If you did your math right in the introduction to this post, then you already know this is the last tip, so it makes sense that this tip really ties it all together. Engage in your child’s learning whenever possible! Algebra is a difficult topic to tackle alone; your child will have a much better chance of success if they have someone struggling alongside them. Fearlessly engage whenever possible! Do your best to learn the math with them. Model good study habits by finding answers rather than giving up. Get them to use it in the real world as much as possible. Use the internet to find real-world uses for whatever they’re learning. If they struggle with things you can’t explain, (politely) ask their teacher for help. Encourage them to make study groups, invite the study group to your house, and make/order some kind of tasty snack. See what I mean? Really get in therebecome an active participant in your child’s learning, and you and your child can survive Algebra 1 together.

Surviving Algebra


Teaching with Puppets

Teachers are performers who are always on stage. They educate the audience of students who show up every day. I’ve found that bringing in a level of entertainment is not only effective if done right, but easier to do than one might think.

Expanding a Lesson

A lesson can be taught in a traditional way, but expanded or reviewed in a way that is fun for the students. The entertainment can come from a well integrated song, game, video, or other tool. I have found that puppets can fascinate young students and bring life to a teaching environment.

Teaching with Puppets

teaching with puppets

Students are able to quickly “buy into” the puppets and their place in the classroom. Perhaps a puppet takes on the role of a teacher to review some material or quiz the students. Perhaps the puppet does not know about the lesson and the students need to teach or inform him/her. However it is set up, the students will enjoy the energy that is brought to the learning experience. It’s something they will remember and look forward to happening again.

A small stuffed animal puppet can work well, especially in a kindergarten classroom. A more elaborate puppet can work, too. From what I have seen, you do not need a stage or ventriloquist skills or anything else to “dress up” the experience. Students are drawn to the character alone. The important part is to plan how the puppet reinforces the content.

Here’s a peek at a quick segment that was filmed for Genius Plaza, where I control a puppet who is reviewing some simple concepts with a student.

 

https://www.geniusplaza.com/en/resources?type=video&id=39942


Preparing High School Students for Careers of the Future

Recently, Education Week published an article written by A.M. Hangan titled, “How Do I Prepare My Students for Jobs That May Soon Disappear?” A.M. Hangan has been teaching high school for twenty years, and in this article, he addresses how the number of jobs available to high school graduates is decreasing steadily due to the automation of several different types of jobs. At first glance, this may seem like something straight out of a sci-fi film, but these are legitimate concerns that are worth talking about with our students. Hangan is right; as educators, we are “ethically obligated to explain the challenges they may face in being gainfully employed.”

In some cases, the odds are already against some of our students with the most potential. Despite the innate talent a student may have, there may be an extreme lack of resources in their school districts or homes, making it very difficult for them to graduate school, let alone find a job post-graduation. According to Hangan, the trend of automation has really accelerated over the past year. He states, “According to a 2015 study from Citi Research and the Oxford Martin School in 2015, up to 47 percent of current U.S. employment is at risk of being automated.” These two factors combined seem to predict a bleak outlook for students.

Fortunately, though, not all hope is lost! Hangan also cites some brighter statistics in his article: “According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate for high school graduates declined from 11 percent in 2009 to 7.7 percent in January of this year.” This helps show that our students are more than capable of rising to this new challenge. The question that we now need to ask is, “How do we inspire our students to overcome this adversity?”

Showcasing Careers of the Future

Careers of the Future

Genius Plaza features many Learning Champions who have faced challenges as and more difficult than the ones facing our students today! Take, for example, a man named Victor Santiago. Growing up in Caguas, Puerto Rico, Santiago always knew he wanted to have a career in television, despite several people telling him “no” at different stages of his life: his mother wanted him to be an engineer, his guidance counselor did not believe he should attend college in the United States, and because he did not know much English, it was very difficult for him to get into the specific program he wanted to study in college. Santiago rose above these challenges to attend school in Florida, become fluent in English, and work through the ranks at Univision to become a TV producer. In fact, he is so well-known at Univision now that when he gives presentations, he is introduced as “the intern who became an executive”!

If our Learning Champions are used in the classroom, it serves two purposes, the first of these being they help students achieve the Common Core College and Career Readiness standards. In this particular instance, if teachers use two Champions to teach a lesson about persevering against the challenges life presents us, it would cover CCRA.R.9: “Analyze how two or more texts address similar themes or topics in order to build knowledge or to compare the approaches the authors take.” Our Learning Champions come from all walks of life and have each been challenged in their own ways, and it’d be great for students to compare how the Champions got to their current positions in life.

Ensuring Students See Themselves 

This leads me to the second purpose our Champions can serve in a classroom. Our Champions are very honest about the struggles they have faced in life, and how difficult it was for them to persevere, even when the cards were stacked against them. With students now facing the loss of potential jobs due to the automation of factories – amongst other things – it simply isn’t enough to tell them they can be successful if they try hard enough. Students need to be given real-life, relatable examples to prove success is attainable.

There is definitely a Champion for each student to relate to: along with Victor Santiago, we also have microbiologists, dentists, doctors, venture capitalists, and regulatory affairs associates! Once students finish learning about the Champions, they can create their own eBooks and videos about their personal challenges using our “Re-Teach” function. This not only inspires them, but also gives them the chance to inspire other students who are going through similar struggles.

High School – A Life-Changing Time Period

High school is possibly the most life-changing time period a student goes through. This is when students begin to make decisions that will impact the rest of their lives, and as young adults, they deserve to not only be educated about the challenges and obstacles they will face, but also about how they can overcome those obstacles and persevere. As educators, this is a topic that we need to face head-on in order to give our students the most opportunities possible.


Our New Search Function

At Genius Plaza, we value the relationships we have with teachers, parents, administrators, and students.  We strive to constantly improve our offerings based on feedback we receive.  Our CEO likes to quote Epictetus, reminding us, “We have two ears and one mouth, so that we can listen twice as much as we speak.”  We are very proud of our new search function, which reflects much of that feedback.

New Search Function

As our users know, at Genius Plaza we offer thousands of videos, eBooks, games, comprehension exercises, worksheets, and more in English and Spanish.  Users now can explore these by filtering subject – math, language arts, and science, and for grades Pre-K to 12th.  Users are also able to filter by creator – teacher, student, and parent – and by grade level. Click here to watch this video to learn more.

Genius Plaza search

Teacher Wish List

We reached out to teachers to see what content they needed.

  • We heard from one teacher who wanted content for her kindergarten focused on the letter B.  See what we shared with her here: Video, eBook, and exercise.
  • We heard from another teacher looking for Hispanic Heritage content.  Here are some of our STEAM Learning Champion resources, which can be used as non-fiction content, and for teaching character traits.  
  • We also heard from several teachers looking for place value content.  Here you can find some of the resources we shared.

 

Leaderboard Content

Each week, we are highlighting some of the resources requested on our leaderboard, sharing content created by teachers, students, and about our Champions.  Visit us each week to find new content. https://www.geniusplaza.com/en/leaderboard

 

Leaderboard

 

Join us as a Beta Tester

As I mentioned earlier, we want to learn from you!  If you are interested in becoming a beta tester, email me at monica@geniusplaza.com.

 


Celebrate World Teachers’ Day and Enter to Win!

Join us as we celebrate World Teachers Day by writing an eBook about your favorite teacher. We will select and profile the best eBooks on our newsletter and Leaderboard, and select one teacher to sponsor at an upcoming conference.

How to Win & Celebrate World Teachers’ Day!

  • Go to GeniusPlaza.com or download our Genius Plaza app.
  • Create an eBook about a teacher who made a big impact in your life.  
  1. What made them a great teacher?
  2. What do/did you like the most about him/her?
  3. What was the best activity you did or lesson you learned from them?
  • Submissions close on Friday, October 6th.
  • Winners will be announced the week of October 16.
  • If you have questions, email me at monica@geniusplaza.com

You can use our new Genius Plaza app!

As we continue our mission to ignite the genius in every child, we are excited to unveil our new Genius Plaza app. You can access thousands of free education resources in English and Spanish for math, language arts, and science. Plus, you can create your own content. You can find videos, eBooks, virtual reality content, printables, exercises, and vocabulary sets. Join a global classroom and access re-teachings by teachers, students, and parents for grades PreK to 12th. Download the free app on Amazon, iOS, and Google Play.

Genius Plaza App
The best part? You can now create your own content! Yes, teachers can upload their lessons and have students create content to reteach what they have learned, bringing the #studentvoice to life.

Join us in saying THANK YOU to the countless of teachers who inspire us.
World Teachers' Day


Teachers coming together in a time of need – guest post by Brianne Walterhouse

We have been following and sharing updates about the great effort by Hurricane Harvey Teachers in Need (who have now also created Hurricane Irma Teachers in Need) and the leadership of these inspiring teachers wanting to help others impacted by the recent storms. We decided to reach out to Brianne Walterhouse, who has been at the forefront of this effort with other teachers to share how this came about. We are grateful that in the middle of organizing this initiative, she took the time to write this piece.

Teachers for Teachers

by Brianne Walterhouse

Instagram: @hooorayforteaching  and Twitter: @HoooRayforTeach

I have had many people over the past couple of weeks ask me why I would take on the task of helping get teachers adopted in Texas when I have so much going on at home.  It’s the beginning of a new school year and there has been a TON going on in my personal life.  So they always say, “Why would you add this to your plate?”  The answer is simple.  It’s who I am.  It’s second nature.  It’s how I was raised.  In 1991, I lost my home in the Oakland Hills Firestorm.  I remember the days after the fire even now.  Going down to our church hall to pick out a new backpack, supplies, and clothing that had been donated.  I saw for the first time what it meant to really come together in a time of need. Every year since then, our family has adopted a family for Christmas.

Teaching Kindness and Service

As an adult, and a teacher, I teach my students what kindness and service is about.  Whether it’s collecting toys for our local fire department, or doing drives for local fire victims, I want my students to see that they are making a difference.  

Teachers Coming Together

When I heard about the devastation that Hurricane Harvey caused to the Houston area, I knew immediately that I needed to do something.  I reached out on Instagram and with three other AMAZING teachers, got an adoption list going.  Kristi Stanfa from Hooray for Third Grade and Allie McMillen from Third Grade Parade and I worked through Instagram Messenger to come up with a plan.  With the help of Kori Markussen from True Tales of a Teacher , we were able to create a Facebook Group that gave both people in need of support and those wanting to support a central place to gather.  Even now, we have new members joining and we are still getting classrooms adopted.  We have had 289 teachers in need and I know there will be more!

Much Work to Be Done

We aren’t done, either.  Hurricane Irma has taken a beating on Florida and the Caribbean.  I know we will continue to come together and support classrooms, teachers, and their students through this difficult time!  It has been amazing to see what our teacher community has done, and my heart is so full to see us come together to help those in need!

 

 


Educating Through Stories

Stories stick with us, and they spread from person to person through the Internet, the news, and conversations in grocery store lines. I started reading books on my own in elementary school, and today I try to read a book a week. Stories fascinate me—this may be why I became an English major. Beyond their entertainment value, narratives can make education a process that involves not only facts but also compassion.

Experiencing the Book

When a person reads a story and connects with it, it can have an immediate physiological effect. While reading a powerful book or an intense movie, viewers’ brains will often release oxytocin, a neurochemical that makes us feel closeness and compassion with others.

As readers, we aren’t actually experiencing the events of a book, but we place ourselves in the position of the protagonist. We feel and experience things that we otherwise would not have the chance to.

“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies … The man who never reads lives only one.” writes George R.R. Martin, whose A Song of Ice and Fire series (better known as Game of Thrones ) has enthralled millions.

Teaching Through Stories

Narrative is the foundation of communication, finding its way into journalism and advertising. Most of what we tell each other is storytelling, and we have a tendency to spread the stories we hear, telling them again and again.

 

 

By teaching through stories, students can learn while they experience new things. They can also attach emotions to this new knowledge, making it easier to recall this knowledge when they need it. Perhaps most importantly, stories offer a way to show students how knowledge can be applicable and dynamic in different situations.

Learning Champions

Genius Plaza brings stories to the classroom through our Learning Champions. These stories focus on individuals who are protagonists of their own educations and have pursued meaningful careers in a variety of fields. We aim to make education not only accessible, but also memorable and emotional.