About the Lab
The Kuriosity Lab’s mission is to help young people to discover and develop their genuine rhythms.
Learning, or “figuring things out” (thank you, John Holt) is an ADVENTURE, or should be. And it all starts with curiosity. We, In the Lab, make hypotheses based on the latest in neuroscience understandings and 20 years of experience teaching at-risk students. We are now conducting experiments as how to teach math and writing in a totally different, and with preliminary results coming in, more effectively. We have created a totally darkened dome space (20’ x 24’ x 17’) to explore how science and art are interconnected. We are testing out the theory that simple topics or concepts, like “Connections,” when studied among many disciplines, makes learning fascinating. The curriculum we develop has multiple levels of sophistication, so each student can understand at his/her level. The beauty of teaching in this multi-dimensional manner is that there is always another level to arouse a student’s curiosity.
What does The Kuriosity Lab do?
* Gives all students the tools to understand who they are as learners and to identify their learning strengths.
* Provides over 1000 high-interest activities and lessons for those students who are not fully engaged.
* Teaches students how to write powerful five-paragraph essays in less than eight weeks (whether age 10 or 17) by making this difficult subject enjoyable even.
* Propels students into a state of loving math through use of our “math on wheels” program.
* Uses music to teach history.
* Shows how patterns are a most powerful force in students’ lives and how by seeking and recognizing them, life becomes easier.
* Connects science and art by using our darkened dome structure.
* We provide attention-grabbing curriculum and environments for K-12 classrooms:
* We specialize in teaching traditional skills (writing and math) through non-traditionally methods. See: http://kinesthetic-academics.com/howitworks/
“ Learning How You Learn,” and “Changing Classroom Environments for Twenty Dollars or Less.”
* In service programs at your school. If you want a totally different environment, we can arrange for you to visit us.
* Tailored curriculum to a school’s needs whether it is for a daily five- to ten-minute time period or entire lessons on any subject from Fourth through Eighth Grade.
About Mark Gordon, Director of The Kuriosity Lab
After 20 years of successfully teaching over 2,000 of the at-risk students, Mark and staff have been developing curriculum for all learners in a one-of-a-kind learning lab. The mission is the same: to fully engage students in the love of learning for its own sake while leading them to discover and develop their authentic talents. Mark has studied with the renowned neuroscience professor, Pat Wolfe. Other mentors include Buckminster Fuller, Pythagoras, Joseph Campbell, Richard Feynman, John Holt, Albert Einstein, and Friedrich Froebel.
What others say about Mark Gordon
“Teachers NEED this material.”
-Dr. Thomas Armstrong, author of 14 books including Neurodiversity
“Mark is leading us to a new way of Physical Education.”
-Dr. Doug Thompson, Head of Mid-Peninsula High School
“His role has been crucial to the success of our school… To be successful with students (here) requires creativeness, openness, compassion and the ability to motivate. Mark has all of these.”
-Heidi Schiessler, Assistant Head of Mid-Peninsula School
“My son came to Mark and was seriously depressed and feeling like a social outcast. He played computer games 50 or 60 hours to escape. With Mark’s help, his life has absolutely changed. He is writing a stunning book I am in absolute awe of–created a web site about it. He now has girlfriends and goes out dancing regularly. But that’s not all. He has gotten a part in an Academy Award winning director’s upcoming movie. After watching this all happen, I had to start using the practices as well—life is good.” –Margaret Barton, parent.
“Mark’s methods should be enforced by law.”
-Andrew Jones, former student, writer and actor
“I found him to be consistently true to his convictions. He continually designed learning environments and tasks to hone students’ skills and to jar them out of complacency.”
-Mary Menacho, Head of Trinity School
“Mark has restructured our writing, SAT, and reading comprehension programs. The method works even for the slowest learners while inspiring my more talented students. The students are happy. The parents are happy. And so am I.”
-Raymond Choy, Head of Aspire Learning Center
“You don’t have to study as hard. The stuff sticks.”
-Collin Webb, graduate of St. Johns College
“Mr. Gordon excites his students curiosity and motivates them to take responsibility for their learning through participation, research, and discovery.”
-Robert Foley, educator for over 40 years
“Your pedagogical ideas and methods worked so well because they were based on knowledge of teens and their real needs and interests… You offered him a lifeboat and safe harbor in which to rebuild his self-concept and experience in learning.” –Mother of a former student
The Grand Ballroom (AKAWriting Lab)
For more information contact:
Mark Gordon, Director of the Kuriosity Lab at 650.906.4103 (cell phone) or at the office: 650.544.5055