Dunning-Kruger Effect QuickQuest

DKE QuickQuest

Intro to the latest QuickQuest

The Dunning-Kruger Effect is that crazy finding that people who think they are the best at something (VERY confident) are often the least knowledgeable, skilled and competent. Yikes! Of course this makes sense: how can you know your deficiencies when you know little about what goes into a topic or task?

This perplexing “Huh?” kind of cognitive experience makes the Dunning-Kruger Effect a great tool to engage students and prompt them to reflect on their own cognitive biases and to promote the kind of intellectual humility that can lead to real growth and expertise.

How you can use this to Engage Your Students?

I’ve decided to try this approach. I want all teachers and their students to benefit from engaging in this topic and to benefit from the terrific resources people have put online. Also, I reckon it’s not a bad idea to get paid for a few days work 😉 . So here’s the approach. Below you will find a hotlist of all the resources used in the QuickQuest.  You can sift through the list, find things you like and then create the learning activities around them. Go creativity!

The other option is to use the slides and activities I’ve already created using all the links from the hotlist. You can find this on my TeachersPayTeachers Store.  Here’s a short overview video that highlights how you and students can get started immediately if you want to download my QuickQuest.

Here’s the Video Overview of the QuickQuest

Here’s the Hotlist of Links


I’m always interested in hearing back from people, whether that’s through comments on this post, via Twitter (@NextEraEd) or privately using the contact form.  Let’s not get overwhelmed with outcomes, standards and subject content to the point where we neglect helping students learn to learn and reflect on their cognitive development and joy in learning!


Integrating 5 Great Pedagogies

I recently did a Webinar on this topic.  Which is a bit absurd, really, because each deserves not only its own Webinar, but a full course to do justice to the ideas, models and research. But the point of the Webinar was to stimulate thinking in a couple areas:

  1. to see that a shift toward Intrinsic Motivation IS possible and robustly supported by rich pedagogies, and
  2. these pedagogies, when used in harmony, actually create synergies that maximise their benefits.

So the purpose of this post is to provide links to resources that people can pursue to learn more about each of the pedagogies.  As the graphic below suggests, there are LOTS more than 5 great pedagogies and many more than are shown here.  My goal was to choose a reasonable number and play with how they can be integrated.  You can access a recording of the Webinar if you are interested.


Self Determination Theory – Intrinsic Motivation

Positive Psychology – Personal Meaning, Flow & Grit

Web sites & Resources


Understanding by Design™ – Deep Learning

Using backward design, does your school have a continuum of rich performance tasks that validate the vision and prompt interdisciplinary demonstrations of students’ understandings that require their transfer to new contexts?

Web sites & Resources


Cultures of Thinking – Thinking Routines

Web sites & Resources


SOLE – Self-Organised Learning Environments

Websites & Resources


Skipping Challenge

How do you think you would feel being a part of this group?


  1. Make a claim about the topic
  2. Identify support for your claim
  3. Ask a question related to your claim

Want to see the full 8 minutes?

Subconscious influences

The section of video below uses clever illustration to make a point about how our unconscious can influence us without our knowing it.  In other words, thoughts that we don’t even notice can affect the decisions we make.

You might respond to the video below on how this might apply to you or you could even look closer at the clever animation.


  1. What do you see?
  2. What do you think about that?
  3. What does it make you wonder?

Get into “Flow”

Above is the last section of Mihaly Czikszentmihalyi’s presentation where he describes Flow. You can also see the full video.

What is “Flow”?  Describe it in your own words.

Have you had a Flow experience?  If so, describe what you were doing.

How do you experience “Challenges”?  Are they positive, negative or neutral?