Monthly Archives: December 2018


Redundancy and the Spectrum of Learning

In most of the courses I’ve taught at language schools, I’ve felt that there is never enough time for students to adequately engage with the material. In particular, it is far too often the case that we teach one point, practice it a bit, assess understanding, and move on. However, this is not the way we learn. Mastery requires us to repeatedly tap into our resources and regularly apply it. Take dating as an example. One could argue that individuals who experience the most fulfillment in their love lives are those who reflect on what they have learned and apply […]


The Estranged Triplets: Ego, Learning, and Developing a Growth Mindset

When the student is ready, the teacher appears. This cliché is as old as the groans its use induces. Overuse and dilution don’t discredit the inherit meaning, however. Learning, of course, isn’t appearing to a classroom and waiting for an instructor to “teach us.” We must be ready to learn. Easier said than done, you say? You got that right.