This week’s lesson in well being…

This month’s pillar is:

 

Mystery ˈmist(ə)rē/

  1. Something that is difficult or impossible to understand or explain.
  2. The secret or specialized practices or ritual peculiar to an occupation or a body of people
  3. Profound, inexplicable, or secretive quality or character

 

This week we are exploring:

 

Mystery    

 

  1. Xplain It!

We love MYSTERIES. There’s still much mystery still left to explore in ourselves, others and the world. We also love using mysteries as a way to deepen learning. Why are mysteries so popular? Some studies show that mysteries satisfy our curiosity inevitably leading to the release of dopamine and therefore the feelings of joy and fun. Have a read of this article exploring how curiosity enhances brain and stimulates the reward system to improve learning and memory.

 

  1. Resources & Academic Perspective

Mysteries are often used in education as a wonderful vehicle for teaching critical thinking. Inquiry based learning is in a way a process of solving a mystery. Integrating even more of a mystery theme into your teaching or school culture can immediately improve students motivation to learn. It’s worth giving a go – check out the resources we found for you below:

 

Explore written mysteries and challenge students to become detectives and create their own mystery here

For older grades, try THIS mystery activity that teaches ART

Want a full collection of options to explore the mystery genre here – Scholastic have you covered.

Explore Canadian History with this webquest website

Or try searching “mystery webquest” for many more options available online

 

Bonus Fun:

Q: Who is the most mysterious teacher?

A: Mr. Eeeeeee 🙂

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