Quote of the day: Elena Glassman on learning

It’s been way too long since I posted a quote of the day, so here’s one:

It can be tough to find resources at the right level of depth — not too simple, not too detailed. For folks with math anxiety, the anticipation of math activates their brains’ pain centers. The information is never-ending; there are millions of search results. There’s often no defined notion of “done” when my brain can release dopamine, its version of Good job! Even when learning is not painful for us, it is effortful.

Our relationships with our teachers and our active membership in learning communities help us overcome the activation energy necessary to get past the discomfort that is part of and inseparable from learning.

— Elena Glassman, “Designing systems that help people learn“, on Medium

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