Learning from mistakes

[Inspired by Dennett’s Intuition Pumps]

My current approach and where I’d like to be works 1:1 or in a small group, much more difficult to do in a lecture-style setting.

When I’m trying to teach a new concept – programming, algorithm, mathematics – I try to give students a bit of structure and context and get them to develop the solution. The amount of structure and context varies from student to student, and its not easy getting it right. Done well, students reach that aha! moment on their own. I’ve been doing this unconsciously for quite a while, but its probably time to do this with more structure (hah!).

One more aspect I would like to add is having students reflect on failed approaches. This may also require reducing the context and allowing them to try out a variety of approaches.  A lot of learning can happen in this analysis. The downside is that it needs time and it needs willingness to expend the effort.

Follow by Email
Facebook
Twitter
LinkedIn

Big Business, Tyler Cowen

I’ll eventually organize my thoughts, but a few reactions:

  • This book should be dedicated to Steven Pinker. No matter what aspect of business one may pick up, here’s how to look at it in a positive light
  • The amount of data to back up the positivity is of course, amazing
  • I’m going to skip the ‘what-about-ism’s, but that is pretty much what was going through my head as I was reading this book

This book is necessary – (big) business has been vilified for too long, and the default is to assume that it is evil. This book pushes the pendulum towards the center and swings it all the way to the other end!

 

Follow by Email
Facebook
Twitter
LinkedIn
Search

  • Search

  • Categories

  • Post Date