The more your experience, the quicker your iterations.
The need to create updated versions of lessons, classroom structures, and experiences for learners is a constant pressure in education.
With any strategy, idea, or educational technology tool your experience has benefits. You are able to interact abstractly with the concept of it in ways novices cannot.
You’re able to talk about changes.
You can communicate with others possibilities based on simple to complex manipulations. You can answer questions without physically testing each scenario. You can synthesize the desirable scenarios from the undesirable scenarios through conversation.
You’re able to imagine branching scenarios.
You can see past the decision immediately in front of you to possible choices and outcomes in the future. You are able to imagine multiple pathways at the same time and without preference.
You’re not easily able to understand novice, inflexible thought around the topic.
Once you have the ability to flexibly explore and manipulate any strategy, idea, or edtech tool in your head it is challenging to roll back to the view from the beginning. If you need to identify how a novice interacts, you may need to work with a novice to identify pain points, areas which need clarification, or opportunities to move others to a better understanding.
The ability for an experienced educator to make iterations quickly, complemented with a newer educator is exciting. Newer educators have too many chances for unguided improvement, why not pair teachers strategically for planning purposes when the creation of something new is the goal? Every team needs both the experienced, iteration generation alongside the curious learner.