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Daring to be authentic

Posted on: April 3, 2019

Teaching is neat. Learning is messy.

Authentic lessons and evaluations are messy because learning is messy. It takes daring, skill, and humility to design and implement authentic learning opportunities.

Daring — to do differently, to ignore naysayers, to make mistakes.

Skill — that develops from being daring, that builds up over time, that is borne of productive failure.

Humility — to admit mistakes, to acknowledge that learners can teach, to keep learning.

Authentic is difficult because it embraces differences, openness, and timelessness. These are the opposite of most classroom or course-based teaching, i.e., standardisation, walled gardens, and timetables.

Authentic is difficult, but not impossible. It starts with rationalising its importance with every learner and reminding them periodically.


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