What the Infinity Gauntlet in Avengers can teach us about good learning habits

Updated: Dec 21, 2019


The Infinity Gauntlet at Joyous Learning.

If you've caught Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame, the two biggest movie blockbusters of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, you'll know what the Infinity Gauntlet is. In the two films, the Infinity Gauntlet is formed by assembling the six Infinity Stones. It grants the wielder infinite power - which is why the villainous alien despot Thanos is after it. With the Infinity Gauntlet in his grasp, he can finally accomplish his evil plans.

The six Infinity Stones each represent an aspect of the universe, which are Time, Space, Reality, Power, the Mind and the Soul. They each grant the wielder mastery over one aspect of the universe, and their combined powers allows the wielder to do anything he or she wants. Over the course of 22 Marvel Cinematic Universe films, we've been introduced to each of the Infinity Stones - and the unfathomable power each contains.

The Infinity Gauntlet.

But the Infinity Gauntlet isn't just some plot device in an action film. It's actually a metaphor for learning. The six Infinity Stones represent all the qualities necessary for good learning to take place in Joyous Learning's classrooms. Don't believe us? Read on and find out.

The Time Stone (Pinterest)

1. Time

All students need time to learn. Whether it's being introduced to a topic, understanding the information presented, or reviewing the knowledge they have learnt - time is essential for learning. This is especially pertinent when it comes to foundational knowledge - students need time to memorise certain basic information before they are able to comprehend higher order topics.

Further, time management in exams is a crucial skill that any test-taking student needs to ensure that assessments are completed on time.

The Space Stone (Pinterest)

2. Space

Imagine being stuck in a cramped environment. Would you feel uncomfortable, or even claustrophobic? It's difficult for good learning to take place when the environment just isn't conducive for it to take place. Hence, the learning space is very important. Not only do students need elbow room and table space for their materials and stationery, they also need good lighting and a welcoming environment to learn.

The Reality Stone (Pinterest)

3. Reality

Different students have different aptitudes for different subjects. Accurate diagnosis of a student's ability in a particular subject is important in guiding a student along his or her learning journey. From there, we can set realistic goals for students to ensure they're learning as effectively as possible.

The Soul Stone (Pinterest)

4. The Soul

In Science, we often read about the spirit of scientific inquiry - which is to cultivate a healthy curiosity when it comes to investigating natural phenomena. A well-directed intellectual curiosity towards learning in general is what makes independent learners more successful. The true spirit of learning shouldn't be just a mental exercise; it has to come from within - the soul. (We know we're pushing that one a bit far.)

The Mind Stone (Pinterest)

5. The Mind

Assessment objectives are increasingly geared toward application rather than regurgitation. Tackling these questions requires great mental agility. Critical thinking skills and the ability to make connections between concepts is more important than the ability to memorise facts. Sharpening the mind, our primary cognitive control centre, is key to our making sense of the world around us.

The Power Stone (Pinterest)

6. Power

Learning is not easy, and it sometimes takes a lot of grit before a student sees a significant breakthrough in their learning. Being able to deal with this and power through the difficult, sometimes discouraging times is key to success.

The Infinity Gauntlet at Joyous Learning.

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