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A great Big Question will get your SOLE off to a flying start, but deciding what to ask is the hardest part! Children love questions with no easy answer.


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  Author - Ratna Perikala

  Location: US



What makes you happy?

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Happiness: What is the key to it?


  Author - Sarah Cossom



What is the key to happiness?

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Laughter: Why do people laugh?


  Author - Sarah Cossom



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Biology | Emotions | Human Behaviour | Laughter

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Dreams: Why do we dream?


  Author - James Stanfield



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Brains | Dreams | Human Behaviour | Neurology | Neuroscience

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Habits


  Author - Sarah Cossom



How do you make or break a habit?

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What to wear?


  Author - Sarah Cossom



How do people decide what to wear?

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Human Error


  Author - Sarah Cossom



Why do humans commit the same errors (in terms of the environment or society or politics) again and again?

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Why do humans commit the same errors (in terms of the environment or society or politics) again and again?

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Evolution | History | Human Behaviour | Human Beings | Humans | Political History | Politics | Social History | Social Studies

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Sibbling Arguments


  Author - Sarah Cossom



Why do brothers and sisters quarrel?

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Arguments | Brothers | Family | Human Behaviour | Quarrels | Relationships | Sibblings | Sisters

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Humans Taking Risks


  Author - Sarah Cossom



Why humans take risks and animals don’t?

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Animals | Human Behaviour | Human Beings | Nature | Risk

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Happiness: How do we feel it?


  Author - Sarah Cossom



How do we feel happiness?

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Educating Students with Behaviour Problems


  Author - Sarah Cossom



How do we provide education for students with severe behavior problems?

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How do we provide education for students with severe behavior problems?

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Behaviour Problems | Education | Human Behaviour | Students

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Learning from Mistakes


  Author - Sarah Cossom



If our brain helps us learn from our mistakes why do some people do it again?

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If our brain helps us learn from our mistakes why do some people do it again?

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Human Behaviour | Learning | Mistakes

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Asking Questions


  Author - Sarah Cossom



Why do humans ask questions?

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Human Feelings from Art


  Author - Sarah Cossom



If humans get feelings from art why doesn’t art have feelings?

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If humans get feelings from art why doesn’t art have feelings?

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Art | Arts | Emotions | Human Behaviour

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Hugging our loved ones


  Author - Sarah Cossom



Why do we feel good when we are hugging our loved ones?

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Emotions | Human Behaviour | Intimacy | Love | Psychology

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Laughing; if someone else laughs


  Author - Sarah Cossom



Why we start laughing if someone else is laughing?

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Emotions | Happiness | Human Behaviour | Laughter | People | Psychology

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Origin of Happiness


  Author - Sarah Cossom



What is the origin of happiness and why is it important?

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What is the origin of happiness and why is it important?

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Brains | Emotions | Evolution | Happiness | Human Behaviour | Philosophy

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Maps


  Author - Sarah Cossom



Why do people use maps?

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What we do


  Author - Sarah Cossom



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Types of Personalities


  Author - Sarah Cossom



Why do some people have the ability to have certain types of personalities?

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Human Behaviour | Humans | Personality

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Being Scarred


  Author - Sarah Cossom



Why does your body becomes stiff when scared?

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Brains | Human Behaviour | Human Body | Neuroscience | Science

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How do we get Happy


  Author - Sarah Cossom



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Love


  Author - Sarah Cossom



What is love?

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Manners


  Author - Sarah Cossom



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Human Spirit


  Author - Sarah Cossom



What lifts your spirits? As a body/mind/spirit vehicle traveling through life, some experiences may help your body thrive, your mind thrive, and your spirit thrive. What helps your spirit thrive?

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What lifts your spirits? As a body/mind/spirit vehicle traveling through life, some experiences may help your body thrive, your mind thrive, and your spirit thrive. What helps your spirit thrive?

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Generating Emotions


  Author - Sarah Cossom



From where do emotions generate? Why do we feel differently at different points of time?

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From where do emotions generate? Why do we feel differently at different points of time?

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Eating Ice Cream


  Author - Sarah Cossom



Why do we all love eating ice cream?

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People and Books


  Author - Sarah Cossom



Why do some people feel possessive of the books they have read?

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Books | Human Behaviour | Literature | People | Reading

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Nails


  Author - Sarah Cossom



What happens when we don’t cut our nails?

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Biology | Health | Human Behaviour | Nails

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Finding Happiness


  Author - Sarah Cossom



How do you find happiness?

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Friendship


  Author - Sarah Cossom



Why friends are important ?

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Conflict and Human Nature


  Author - Sarah Cossom



Why is conflict part of human nature?

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Conflict | Human Behaviour | Humans

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Happiness


  Author - Sarah Cossom



What makes people happy?

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What makes people happy?

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Human Behaviour | People | Philosophy | Sociology

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Water Supply


  Author - Sarah Cossom



The overall water supply has decreased over the last 50 years due to the human population tripling, industrial pollution, unsustainable agriculture and poor civic planning. How can we increase the supply of fresh water to people around the world?

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The overall water supply has decreased over the last 50 years due to the human population tripling, industrial pollution, unsustainable agriculture and poor civic planning. How can we increase the supply of fresh water to people around the world?

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Agriculture | Civic Planning | Environment | Human Behaviour | Population | Sustainability | Water

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Good People


  Author - Sarah Cossom



What makes a person a good person?

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Courage


  Author - Sarah Cossom



What would you do to find your courage?

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Personalities


  Author - Sarah Cossom



Why do people have different personalities?

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It takes a village to raise a SOLE


  Author - Sarah Cossom

  Partner(s) - SOLE NYC

  Location: New York City



SOLE NYC in Harlem has got its work cut out. Simply introducing the concept of self organised learning is a challenge in most schools, but at John B. Russwurm PS 197M they are also using it to engage particularly hard-to-reach students.

“I didn’t want to do this in a school where everyone was doing ok – I wanted to do it here because I knew it could make a real difference,” says Natalia Arredondo, who is the driving force behind SOLE NYC and is overseeing the research into reading comprehension, social skills and how young students navigate Big Questions.

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SOLE NYC in Harlem has got its work cut out. Simply introducing the concept of self organised learning is a challenge in most schools, but at John B. Russwurm PS 197M they are also using it to engage particularly hard-to-reach students.

“I didn’t want to do this in a school where everyone was doing ok – I wanted to do it here because I knew it could make a real difference,” says Natalia Arredondo, who is the driving force behind SOLE NYC and is overseeing the research into reading comprehension, social skills and how young students navigate Big Questions.

Professor Sugata Mitra officially opened SOLE NYC on 14 October 2015 as the first dedicated American SOLE research lab. It joins five other labs in India and two in the UK that have all been created as part of his 2013 TED Prize wish to build a School in the Cloud.

New York’s schools are the most segregated in the whole of the USA, with students divided not only by race, but also by socio-economic status. SOLE NYC is in a high poverty and low income area, where most families live on well under $25,000 a year.

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Most of PS 197M’s students come from less well-off African American families, along with those from Hispanic and Asian backgrounds. “Some kids have difficult home lives,” explains Natalia. “This can have a knock-on effect on behavioural issues and make it difficult for them to engage in class.”

Natalia sees her role as SOLE lab co-ordinator as also part counsellor, trying to talk to the students to see what’s going on and offer a bit of stability in their lives.

This SOLE lab, which is being funded through Newcastle University’s SOLE Central,

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Human Behaviour | Learning | Social Science

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How to make a jam sandwich, SOLE style


  Author - Sarah Cossom

  Partner(s) - SOLE Central

  Location: Bedfordshire



If the average adult sat down to work out how to teach basic coding, they probably wouldn’t naturally think of a jam sandwich.

But that’s exactly what this SOLE group of home schoolers did with their presentation to computer science teachers.

Anna the (real life) robot was given a set of instructions to follow to make the sandwich, which may have resulted in a lot of mess, but certainly got the message across about how to teach the subject far more effectively than a textbook.

Jacqueline Emkes, an e-Learning consultant and part-time maths teacher,

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If the average adult sat down to work out how to teach basic coding, they probably wouldn’t naturally think of a jam sandwich.

But that’s exactly what this SOLE group of home schoolers did with their presentation to computer science teachers.

Anna the (real life) robot was given a set of instructions to follow to make the sandwich, which may have resulted in a lot of mess, but certainly got the message across about how to teach the subject far more effectively than a textbook.

Jacqueline Emkes, an e-Learning consultant and part-time maths teacher, runs SOLEs for home educated children at Biddenham International School and Sports College in Bedfordshire, UK.

They have been running since 2013, supported by the college and the local authority’s PLACE programme for children who are not in school but on the Elective Home Education (EHE) Register.

One of the biggest challenges Jacq faces is the diverse age range of her group – from eight to 12-years-old – which means she is often diverted from her original lesson plan. There are usually around 15-20 children, but the numbers fluctuate as families come and go.

“Inevitably ‘normal’ behaviour rules go out the window,” says Jacq. “Children are soon found scrolling the internet lying on the floor, under a desk, on top of a desk, perched on a table. Anything goes – it’s all learning! The children can move around freely, help other groups and indeed swap groups.”
Jacq’s SOLE makes good use of the safe social learning platform Makewaves where they can upload their work to create movies, pictures and stories to share with the group.

They are also encouraged to critique each other’s work (in a positive and helpful way, naturally!) and even family members and the college’s principal have been adding their own comments to help improve student’s work.

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Children | Computer Science | Education | Food | Human Behaviour | Internet | Jam | Robots | Sandwiches | Sanitation