Teaching iteration
Jason Fried
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Well, as it turns out, I teach iteration (I study it, too). While I do many of the things you share, one of the key things I do is talk about iteration as a strategy and mindset. It’s intentional. For lots of reasons. It’s not something to avoid, but something to embrace. Because it is so central to how we make sense of the world and how we choose to participate in it — it is not meant to ever go away. It would be a strange thing to “iterate yourself out of iteration”. It’s a spiral — of learning through experimenting with uncertainty.

It’s also painful and goes against the way we think about knowledge and learning (that knowledge exists outside of me as truth and that learning is giving a “right” answer). It goes against unspoken elements of our culture and that failure is something to be avoided at all costs (failure as a plane dropping from the sky, yes…failure as an opportunity to learn, no). Getting to the stance about iteration that you shared — is for many a transformative leap and hugely emotional. Students will need help with this…and some faculty, too.