A wonderful post by a master teacher!
When people are skilled, they make the things they are able to do look so easy.
My son in law solves complex computer mysteries with a few clicks of his mouse. Olympic sprinters break speed records without breaking a sweat. And Jerry and Sergio consistently–and seemingly effortlessly–serve up the best polenta and osso bucco this side of the Atlantic.
Their complete competence makes you think you can do what they do. Except that you really can’t.
They do their work with ease. What don’t we see? Years of practice, training, and experience come together seamlessly–and often, invisibly– for success.
Take teaching. To the casual observer, an accomplished teacher makes it look simple to wrangle twenty first graders to the carpet or to get middle school kids excited about the Age of Exploration or guide sophomores through the steps in a science lab. Students seem to shuttle from station to…
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