Sometimes, genius is a slow build.
It is not always a moment of instant serendipity.
It often involves hard work and process.
Take the case of the song Hallelujah. On his podcast Revisionist History, Malcolm Gladwell recently recounted the history of the song. If you’ve ever heard a version of the song, you know that it’s amazing. But it wasn’t always so amazing. The song went through several iterations by the original song writer Leonard Cohen. It wasn’t until many years later and many cover versions later that the song finally reached its genius state.
Sometimes genius can be a slow build.
This is something we must recognize in the classroom.
No teacher ever gets their classroom or instruction right on the first try. Constant tinkering and multiple iterations result in growth and gradual success.
Sometimes, an entire lesson must be scrapped in order for learning to occur.
Each day, it might not feel like you are making progress, but remember that practice does not make perfect…
Practice makes progress…
And process makes progress.
Continue to tinker and improve. Slowly build genius within your classroom.
Add to it each day.
Redo when you need to.
Recognize the first steps of genius. Don’t expect it on the first try.
After all, genius can be a slow build.