Educators have long known that experiencing something new enhances learning and scientists have now shown that novel situations stimulate the dopamine system in the brain. Many people think of dopamine as the brain’s reward chemical, and dopamine is involved in feeling rewarded, but it also an essential part of learning, particularly something called associative learning. Associative learning refers to our ability to learn causal relationships – when our actions produce positive outcomes and which actions result in negative outcomes. Recent research shows that novelty getst the brain’s dopamine system working which accelerates learning. Let’s all get our students learning faster by giving them something new today!