Intuitive Teaching Leads to Endless Possibilities

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Brad Choyt
In chess, there are four hundred different possible positions after the opening two moves. There are over 72,000 move combinations after each player has moved twice. And after the players have each moved four times, there's more than 288 billion possible scenarios. 

I love the game of chess for its strategic and metaphorical lessons. As with life, there’s simply no way to create a list of all of the moves or guidelines that would tell you how to respond to any potential scenario you encounter. And because of the sheer number of options that are available, it's often necessary to lean on one's intuition.

I believe the same is true in teaching. There are so many kinds of learners and so much to learn that the sheer number of combinations for effective instruction from just these two variables can be overwhelming. Throw in different kinds of curricula, the unique qualities of the classroom, other students plus the overall school environment, and it quickly becomes even more complex than the game of chess!  

But that's exactly when an experienced teacher's intuition kicks in. For though it may be impossible to anticipate each of the billions of possible interactions teachers could utilize to enhance student learning, good teachers read social and emotional clues exceptionally well to know what students need, often before the students themselves.

Twenty years ago, I was both surprised and amazed when IBM's super computer Deep Blue beat Garry Kasparov, then the top-rated chess player in the world. But I believe we are still light years away from replacing teachers with computers. Teaching is often an intuitive art, the skills are uniquely human, and the possibilities are virtually endless. 
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