Too Long and Far

Classic insight from one of the best in the field, Earl W. Stevick:

But a learner should also be cautious about accepting guidance from us specialists in language pedagogy. Too often, we fail to resist the human urge to ‘construct an entire method on one brilliant insight’ – to ‘latch onto one key idea and follow it long and far,’ as Karl Diller once put it. (1989, p. 138).

It makes me think about the current edtech movement. I believe that this is the direction we need to be going, but are we carrying it too ‘long and far’ sometimes. I constantly have to ask myself, “Am I doing this because it will help this student, or am I doing it because I am interested in it?”

What are your thoughts?

Source: success.pdf

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