Thanks for stopping by! My name is David Wolovsky, and I'm a teacher and educational innovator based in Brooklyn, NY. I have created this site to synthesize all of my experiences, training, and research in one place. The main experiences I refer to include: loving and teaching math, studying Positive Psychology, and rehabilitating my knee after years of injuries and finally ACL surgery.
These experiences have provided the basis for my current work, which is studying the mechanisms of growth and finding tools to help people navigate through the process.
Effort Wise is my name for the practice of accelerative learning, or "meta-learning". Here's what I mean. Learning is achieved through two complementary actions: 1) separating complex wholes into simpler parts, and 2) basically the opposite, combining simple parts into complex wholes. As we get more skilled at meta-learning, viewing the world through the lens of separating and combining, we become able to learn more quickly and thoroughly. We also become more creative and innovative.
Here are some ways I practice meta-learning: - Creating and practicing Brain-Body Exercises to develop my focus and coordination. - Reading research in psychology and neuroscience in order to understand the brain, its patterns and its limitations. - Using mathematics as a way to understand how my own cognition works. Mistakes in math are almost always interesting, as they tend to reflect built-in brain biases. I find this approach to mistakes helps students relax and enjoy effortful thinking.
After reading thousands of pages of research on the mind and brain, I have come to several conclusions about how to maximize effort in learning. I would like to share them with you.