144: The Danger in Instructional Shortcuts

Students learn in a variety of ways which means their behavior while learning is very different too. Often times, we teachers make assumptions based on face value of who is paying attention, who is working hard, who is confused, etc. It’s important that we push past these facades and dig in to what is really going on behind the learning behaviors of our students. Tune in for tips on how to get accurate feedback on student learning needs!


  • Assumptions are fuzzy and inaccurate
  • Don’t come to a conclusion based on false evidence
  • My assumption gave me a false takeaway
  • We have to be careful to not take student behavior at face value
  • Assumptions are short cuts that lead to dead ends

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