Summer represents a season of new programming, and with the start of any new programming comes a fit of pedagogical second guessing– Am I stuffing enough facts into this curriculum? Will they have fun? Does it really matter if they like me? What can I possibly do to keep the students from texting!
The topic I want to complain about today, how complicated should lessons be? Do I hit students with the deep unanswerable questions or firm teachable answers that they may need to learn to question later? To put it another way, do I want to confuse the youth or give them easy answers?
The easy answer is that it’s a balance. Start off slow and build your way up. But, of course, easier said than done.