A recent study points to a surprising, and perhaps obvious, solution to the challenge. As so often in life, first impressions count for a lot.
We totally get that. Some of our most gratifying teaching moments - from Vancouver to Johannesburg - have been when a young (and sometime not so young) learner says, “You know, I think I’m going to do accounting."
One of our favorite recollections is of a school that was about to cancel their introductory accounting course for lack of enrolled students. Needing to try something different, they found Color Accounting.
Since human beings love visual explanation, using their hands, interacting with others and simplicity, word of the new approach quickly spread. The next year the course was oversubscribed and produced higher grades than ever before. And the teachers received thank you notes from many parents.
Making a great first impression really is possible.