Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Developing expertise #5 Explore connections

This is the fifth post in this series detailing ways teachers might go about training their intuition in order to make better judgements and acquire real expertise. You can read the previous posts here.

We should always be on the lookout for similarities, analogous situations and anything which reminds us of other areas of our practice. When we conscious build on the similarities we spot we can explore why they’re similar and consider how we could make use of the information. There’s a tendency in education to look at research findings and say, “That won’t work with my students.” It might not, but this shouldn’t be our starting point. There are likely to many more similarities between contexts than differences and we should look for ways to exploit them.

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