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Contradictions in How We Think about Teaching

I like how blogging lets us stir up ideas, watch them simmer, and taste the results. I’ll start this mix of ideas with Amy Mulnix’s insight [1] that teachers approach learning about teaching much like students approach learning course content. Examples: students think ability matters more than effort and teachers think teaching is a gift that is given more than a skill that can and should be developed; students want easy answers and teachers want techniques that work right the first time; and both share the fear of failure. Is this a comparison from which we might learn something?

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