The Feynman Principle

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Richard Feynman

Interviews often start with softball questions like…

So why are you interested in working for our company?

This question gives the candidate an easy way to warm-up and could give the interviewer some insights into the candidate. I’ve asked this question many time and sometimes heard a reply like..

I really want to learn about large scale networks. My current network is too small and is limiting my progress.

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Spiral & mastery learning

 Spiral Learning

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I recently attended a curriculum night for my eldest son who is starting 2nd grade.  The teacher talked about a learning method known as ‘spiral learning’ and that the kids would continue to cycle through a range of topics in each subject, revisiting each topic at a deeper level later in the year.   I had never heard of ‘spiral learning’ before.   After a few passed I realised that I use the ‘spiral learning’ approach all the time without having a term to define it.

Spiral learnings’ nemesis is mastery-based learning. In mastery-based learning you must master each topic before being permitted to proceed to the next topic.  I can’t remember too much of my secondary level education but I think we were supposed to be following the mastery-based approach.

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