I don’t know what I’m doing

That’s what I told my Physical Computing class today (hi guys if you’re reading!).  Because it’s kind of true.  I haven’t made a lot of things.  My cat tracking project was the biggest project I completed.  It didn’t take too long, and I certainly figure it out after some trial and error, but I do not hold all the answers.  Of course, I never do.  The thing about teaching almost anything is that students invariably ask questions you don’t know the answer to.  Often they ask complex questions, exactly what we want them to do!

And even though I’m pretty comfortable saying, “I don’t know” and/or failing in front of my students, it’s still unnerving.  It actually feels a little like going to a new place for the first time or riding a roller coaster.  You know something interesting awaits you, but you have no idea exactly what it is.

Despite my not knowing what I’m doing, the students seem pretty psyched.  I can’t wait to see what they create.  They’ve already started tossing around ideas.  It all sounds exciting.

One Reply to “I don’t know what I’m doing”

  1. I see nothing wrong with establishing that fact you don’t know everything. I personally feel that we can’t possibly know everything that it possible to know on this earth. I like your humble approach to teaching and I appreciate the fact that as your students learn, you are consistently learning.

    In one of my ethics classes, I have learned that technology is continually evolving. I feel that as you learn with the students you teach, you can appeal or connect with them more by using technological tools that they enjoy using. (iPads, Smartphones, apps, etc)

    – Josh

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