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Researchers have been investigating the novelty effect for decades. It started in the 1930s at the Wawthorne Works factory. The factory wanted to see if changed the lighting improved productivity. It turns out that it didn’t matter, each time they changed the lighting there was a temporary boost productivity.

Although the effects are temporary, it is something that could get you out of a lull. Right now we are in the great expanse of day-in day-out of two months of constant schooling, with no change until Thanksgiving at the end of November. If you or your students are showing a lack of enthusiasm, maybe try to mix it up a little. Re-arrange the room, try a different procedure, play around with that new teach tool you read about.

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