Thinking about Knowing

Effective teaching and learning

The best/worst class I took in high school was Theory of Knowledge (ToK). Our world-weary teacher tried his best to “provide an opportunity for students to reflect on the nature of knowledge, and on how we know what we claim to know”.

High-falutin Theory of Knowledge comes up at work when I stumble over things I thought I knew or what I thought other people knew. We each have models in our minds – models of our customers, our software, our teams, and our business. Some models are good and helpful while others are misguided. How do we share the good models? Imagine if the experts could effortlessly transmit their mental models. We’d be unstoppable!

A few years ago I spoke about the topic of knowledge transfer and skill acquisition at one of ActiveCampaign's Brown Bag Session. I’m a tourist in the field of pedagogy, but I can point you towards my sources: