Summer is designed to change you. The sun hovers in the sky for pointless, fabulous hours. The scaffold of daily life gets knocked sideways. You travel to far-off and exotic places, which are often in your own backyard. And sometimes you read books.
With that in mind, I thought I’d offer a few suggestions for books …
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Truly bad teaching is pretty easy to spot, because learners don’t improve, and don’t feel connected.
Truly great teaching is pretty easy to spot, because learners improve rapidly and feel connected.
But perhaps the hardest to spot is a particularly nefarious type of teaching called pseudoteaching. It looks and feels like good teaching, but in fact it’s …
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It might be the most common piece of advice in the history of the world. You hear it whenever you’re learning something new. Just three words:
Take baby steps.
The most common interpretation of this is: Go small. Be safe. Don’t take big risks.
There’s just one problem with this interpretation: it’s wrong.
Because we are not built to learn …
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I love practice calendars.
I love the clean, organized, hopeful look of them. I love the sense of steady progress and accomplishment that they radiate.
I love calendars even though I know they’re lying.
Because despite what calendars imply, progress is never steady or predictable. In fact, it’s the opposite. It’s uneven. You go from struggling with a …
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