I may have received this week, without the speaker realizing it, the best teaching advice I’ve ever gotten: “[topic] coverage is overrated”. It was a throwaway remark in a larger discussion about finding an engaging lecture style or whatever but I honestly think it was a key idea I’ve been missing the last year and a half, and any engagement issues are just a consequence of me feeling like I must exhaustively address every aspect of a topic in lecture.

I think it’s one of those ideas that become implicit and invisible to you once you know it.

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