the Motivation of Newness
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The excitement of a new, unique, and attractive shape,
plus honoring the Periodic Law
raises student interest, motivation, and respect.


There is little argument with the idea that NEW is attractive, as the advertising industry has evidenced - along with 'SALE' and 'YOU'.
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Novelty alone, however, without contributing value, is worse than worthless, it adds confusion and discredits the useful. A periodic table merely identified as 'NOVEL' deserves little serious attention.

Uniqueness, similarly, has detractors for whom novelty is equally detested.
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Student populations, on the other hand, are stimulated by variants on the usual, and excited by the discovery of new paradigms. All their years they have been challenged by the new in their lives - and bored - even repelled - by the status quo.
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Most scientists, as well as science students and instructors, have more pressing problems than to seek to engage in aesthetic enjoyment. We want everything to fulfill some kind of less ethereal function. We need to find solutions to problems.
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The Alexander Arrangement of Elements is a creative solution to the fact that
the common periodic table does not obey the periodic law.
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It has the motivation of newness, but shouldn't be considered new, as it isn't. But it is certainly new to the American education system, and ways to integrate it are still to be determined by teachers expert in modeling-based and interactive engagement instruction attracted to the challenge.

What's that, she said, the periodic table the way it's supposed to be but isnt?

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