In a conversation about teaching to a diverse crowd (working with both newbies & experts), Kenneth Pinto highlighted Kathy Sierra’s “Zone of Expendability” which explained how it seemed better for us to pick a side. Ironically, that also applies to me right now in a completely different situation…
Just today I just had a demoralizing lecture from my Asian professor for not getting my papers done on time. While he took this flaw and thoroughly expanded it to my entire universe of being (which wasn’t exactly fair), I paid attention to one point: To get my act together. Contrast this with my “rock star” teaching performance in Singapore, I seem to be worlds apart at different times.
What’s Kathy Sierra to say to me?
Both extremes motivate me and has an effect on my environment. If I were just normal good, I’d be boring as hell.
OK, back to writing papers. Argh.