I've stopped looking for the best way to increase the odds of students learning. There isn't a best technique, there isn't a best environment.
No matter how good a teacher is, the student must want to learn. If someone wants to learn, you don't even need a teacher. In fact, if someone wants to learn, nothing can stop them from learning...not even the increasing-ridiculous college process.
So I focus on getting the student to want to learn. And the best way to do that is to put the responsibility on the students: "Why do you want to learn this?" Once they answer, and they will, get the hell out their heads after that.
Get them to value their internal locus of control over external forces and you unleashed their natural desire to learn ravenously, to be a freedom-loving individual. That is what true teachers do.
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