We had a brief staff meeting today, and a few comments from one staff member caught my attention more than anything else. Yesterday, he took part in training and was surprised at how quickly he became frustrated when everyone else in the room was comfortable with some of the tasks and information that he wasn’t familiar with. They were easily able to move on while he was stuck, wondering how to begin.
He was a victim of “the curse of knowledge,” as Edutopia writer Christopher Reddy describes it.
Knowledge is a curse. Knowing things isn’t bad itself, but it causes unhealthy assumptions — such as forgetting how hard it was to learn those things in the first place. It’s called the Curse of Knowledge. ~ Christopher Reddy
How often does this happen in my classroom? Am I missing opportunities to help my students with situations that prevent them from moving forward?
This semester, I want to share this blog post with my students. Maybe we can think of a few ways that they can hit the brakes, stop for a moment & we can move forward together.