The Missing Connections
When I’m taught something in school, I often find myself asking two questions:
- Does it matter to me?
- Does it make sense to me?
Sadly, the answers are often “no” and “no”. I’m not motivated by whatever I was learning, and it’s not making sense, at least not to me.
What went wrong?
Some connections are missing. By connection, I mean the bridge between what you are trying to learn and what you already know. Sometimes, the absence of connections makes it a lot harder to learn something, let alone enjoy it.
For example, when you play a game for the first time, it usually teaches you the basics like shooting an enemy, and then puts you in an environment where you can try out what you just learned. It then continues with other basic controls until you are comfortable with everything. Only after that, the real game begins.
Now, imagine putting a player out there...
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