Fear of the Unknown

14 Nov 2013

One of the most powerful moments when teaching is the moment when a student realizes they have mastered the concept taught but came to the conclusion that they know nothing in the grand scheme of the topic being taught. It's that you don't know what you don't know concept with a touch of 'until you see it.' What surprises me even more is how people will say they know a technology instead of just admitting they know nothing of the topic at hand. There is a big difference in the academic world where it's OK to say you don't know and in the work/profit world where you risk being seen as weak in the shark tank. I call these "I don't know" moments teaching moments. It was nice to see on a recent alistapart article a new look on that I don't know concept. "Never heard of it... yet". That's right take the moment to teach those around you. Not only will you get better at the topic at hand... but everyone in the team benefits.

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