As the teacher, we teach something but the students don't understand it.
In our minds the material and skills are quite simple and straight forward, but for some reason the students just aren't grasping the information.
Our natural instincts take over and we do what makes sense to us...
Maybe if I talk louder and more slowly and repeat myself 4 times the students will understand it.
Maybe if I give more homework problems for practice the students will eventually work themselves into understanding the material.
Maybe if I explain it a few more times the information will begin to sink in.
And then... with all these maybes, we still don't see results.
So, then we do once again what makes sense to us...
Let's repeat all those maybes because something's bound to stick if we do it all again.
It's like a bad recurring dream and we've ALL been there and we've ALL done it.
As educators we tend to believe that kids need 'more' of whatever we are doing if it's ever going to make sense to them.
So we give them more... and more... and more... more right up until the kids are disgusted and we the educators have forgotten why we are even doing what we are doing.
The more we give the further our students get from actually understanding or mastering the skills.
Let's ditch the 'more' and start focusing on ways we can get the same information or skills across 'differently.'
Our kids don't need more of something they don't understand... they need what they don't understand presented differently.
Oh, and while we are at it, let's commit ourselves to allowing our students to have a voice in determining what different might look like.
You never know, their version of different just might make all the difference...