Circling the Subject: Once More
Preparing a class. Reviewing the workbook. Pretending that I'm a skeptical student who asks, "Why should I be here?" and "Why should I care about that?" Revising the workbook yet again and cutting out the parts that I think are interesting but which no one else will. Moving the third section to the start. Watching the pacing and order and packing in just enough case examples and just enough narrative so they won't sit and read and so there is the right combination of generalization and example. Running it by one of my business partners so he can tell me if I'm crazy and so he can catch the confusing spots. Revising it again. Brainstorming again. Staring into space and sipping coffee in a restaurant. Jotting down ways to make the learning flow so everything is in the proper place. Striving to make each part of the puzzle fit so at the end it is no longer a puzzle and they can leave with a healthy confidence that the subject is now their own.
The theme is tightening. The details are jumping into line. A lot of thought can go into making something clear.