The Bigger Picture
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The Bigger Picture

How to Explain Stuff Well

A methodology for reducing confusion

Photo by Julian Hochgesang on Unsplash

I could not properly work this machine — though Hank had ostensibly explained it all.

Ground Rules for Explaining Well

1. Begin with the big picture

2. Read the learner’s context clues

3. Use a commonly shared vocabulary

4. Pace your instructions



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Amy L. Bernstein

I write stories that let you feel and make you think. Fiction, essays, poems. Whatever the moment — or zeitgeist — requires. More at