Teaching Notes

Model being a roboticist. Put yourself through the iterative engineering design process. Document and present your work. Share stories and evidence of struggle, wonder, failure, and perseverance.

Good pedagogy is giving kids opportunities to have wonderful ideas, and celebrating with them when they have these ideas (my paraphrase of Eleanor Duckworth).

“If the student isn’t better than the teacher then the teacher is a failure” (attributed to Tibetan Buddhists).

Teachers are guests in the children’s classrooms.

“Socrates was great for the fact that he ‘distinguished between what he understood and what he did not understand’” (attributed to Hamann).

When a student is at an impasse, the teacher’s job is to discover the right question to ask, and the right way of asking.

“Whenever you feel like criticizing any one just remember that all the people in this world haven’t had the advantages that you’ve had” (attributed to Nick Carraway’s father).