“You don’t get it. You aren’t the point.”
Steve Bryant
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“You don’t get it. You aren’t the point.”

Damn. That doesn’t just work for this, it works for almost anything.

I’m in the later stages of learning to teach math, and that point is absolutely key to excellent math teaching. It’s not about me, the teacher. It’s about the student.

Think about bad teachers you’ve known. Some of them lacked presentation or organizational skills, and those failed to be excellent or maybe even good, but they weren’t really bad either. The one who really stink are the ones who make it about themselves.

The first deadly sin is pride. Not the good feeling that you get from accomplishment and skill and doing good stuff but the habit of making everything about yourself. That kind of pride is not just a moral sin but a practical one as well.

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