Our Doubts Are Traitors

MIT professor Ed Boyden has a 10 point plan about How to Think.  He posits some important ideas that will no doubt be of interest to all areas of education, but here's one I thought particularly relevant to the art room: 

 Make your mistakes quickly. You may mess things up on the first try, but do it fast, and then move on. Document what led to the error so that you learn what to recognize, and then move on. Get the mistakes out of the way. As Shakespeare put it, "Our doubts are traitors, and make us lose the good we oft might win, by fearing to attempt."

I don't think he suggests anything radically new, but its a good list to look at to while considering both our own learning styles and ones we promote in the classroom. His first point, "Synthesize new ideas constantly" should resonate with the idea of "keep the pen moving" as a way to keep ideas flowing.


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