The Cognitive Science of Creative Subjects

The Cognitive Science of Creative Subjects

ZACH GROSHELL - Nanjing International School


Session Audience:

Whole School

Session Goals:

Participants will learn about key cognitive science principles as they relate to the creative classroom.How we think, know, and remember.

Session Outcomes:

  • Discuss a variety of cognitive science principles and how they come into play in the creative classroom.
  • Conduct a variety of simple experiments on themselves to confirm cognitive science principles and theories.
  • Use Little Bits, Legos, and other design tools and materials to investigate and confirm cognitive science principles and theories.
  • Engage in current peer-reviewed research literature in cognitive science, presented in APA formatting, from this doctoral student.

Presenter Bio:

Zach Groshell is a PYP Design teacher at Nanjing International School. He has previously worked as an elementary teacher in Vietnam, and an instructional coach and elementary teacher in Sudan. At past conferences, Zach has presented on blended learning, classroom environment design, and design thinking and has an active professional presence on Twitter and his website, He is currently working on his PhD in Instructional Design for Online Learning and can often be found playing video games with one hand while finishing his annotated bibliography with the other. Zach enjoys traveling and discovering new foods with his wife, Stephanie, and his daughter June.