Could This Be the Biggest Instructional Mistake Teachers Make?

Could This Be the Biggest Instructional Mistake Teachers Make?

Instructors often use their past experiences as students to validate their decisions with current students. Could this be the biggest instructional mistake they make?

I was listening to a TED Talk by Celeste Headlee called “10 Ways to Have a Better Conversation.” Headlee is a journalist and radio host and knows a thing or two about reaching an audience.

What struck me was her Rule Number 6:

“Don’t equate your experience with [your audience’s]. It’s not the same. It is never the same. All experiences are individual.”

All experiences are individual.

That seems obvious, but instructors do this all the time – they use their past experiences as students to validate their instructional decisions with current students. Continue reading “Could This Be the Biggest Instructional Mistake Teachers Make?”

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