Beware of the expert blind spot to ensure you can help your students overcome the initial difficulties that are intrinsic to learning new content.

  • When you have a deep understanding of a subject, you tend to forget how difficult it was to learn the content initially. This phenomenon is known as the expert blind spot.
  • To avoid developing an expert blind spot:
    • Slow down to make sure students understand what’s going on.
    • Remember that you know much more than the students do. Try to empathize with them.
    • Try to learn something new about what you’re teaching to put yourself in the mindset of learning something difficult.
  • For more information, watch Philip Guo’s CS Education Zoo interview.

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