Wednesday, August 30, 2006
Here's a story with a point to be made about teaching:
THE HUSBAND AND THE FORGOTTEN WEDDING ANNIVERSARY
Ed was really in trouble. He forgot his wedding anniversary. His wife was really annoyed. She told him "Tomorrow morning, I expect to find a gift in the driveway that goes from 0 to 140 in 4 seconds AND IT BETTER BE THERE."
The next morning Ed got up early and left for work. When his wife woke up, she looked out the window and sure enough there was a small box gift-wrapped in the middle of the driveway.
Confused, the wife put on her robe and ran out to the driveway and brought the box back in the house. She opened it and found a brand new bathroom scale.
Funeral services for Ed have been scheduled for Friday.
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Sometimes, we are Ed's wife and our students are Ed. Ed did exactly what he was told, but it wasn't what his wife wanted. Why not? Well, to start with, she didn't give the big picture--she gave the details. He put the details together into a package far different from what she had envisioned.
Our students do that all the time. They try to give us what they think we want, but we reject it (although we don't kill them . . .) because it doesn't fit our picture.
This semester, give your students the big picture as well as the details. You don't really want to be Ed's wife, and your students REALLY don't want to be Ed.