Creating a mental model for a student in advance can have a substantial impact on learning. Models based on prior learning or visualization seem to matter.
In 1963-64 I took the one and only physics course I would ever take. I had the same teacher for geometry. In 2014 I wrote him for the first time since high school. Today I probably own 40 to 50 books because of those two classes and the number continues to grow.
Who would think that college Freshman rhetoric could be memorable after 50 years? I have never forgotten that course, because of my teacher, John Knapp. When I needed help with a book I was writing with Dick, I turned back to John for help. Here’s to John’s help with MEGAThinking!