To err is human, to correct is divine

You’ve probably heard the phrase, “To err is human; to forgive, divine.”

It was written by the English poet Alexander Pope, in his poem An Essay on Criticism, in 1711, at age 23. A wise young man who remained in ill health throughout his life, read avidly and was able to support himself as a translator and writer.

But, would the “error”, the “mistake” be the problem?

Wouldn’t the problem be in the “judgment” we make on ourselves as well as on others?

According to the National Science Foundation, the average person has around 12,000 to 60,000 thoughts per day. Of those, 80% are apparently negative and 95% of our thoughts are repetitive.

This is also true for our learning process, where “judgment” can do a lot of damage. We all make “mistakes”, as we are all, as human beings, “works in progress”.

What if we were able to stand back (not judge) and see that we are on our journey and that not choosing the best way sometimes, allows us to get to know a better one.

First let’s look at this proverb.

Below is very good listening, vocabulary, and content practice. You will hear a lot of the words and expressions we have been learning (task, figure out, solve, on the flip side, struggle, look at, discussion, looks like, procedure, leftovers, approach, worth it). Watch carefully. Take notes of the words you identify. Turn on subtitles if you need them.

To err is human – and can promote learning | Nikol Rummel shines a new light on failure in her talk and focuses on its productivity for learning. She argues that struggling can help activate relevant prior knowledge and allows us to gain a deeper understanding of a problem, and can thus prepare us for learning more successfully from subsequent instruction. 

Dr. Nikol Rummel says:

“Struggle is not only okay, it is in fact productive for learning”.

Remote classes

In times of pandemic, most teaching is going remote. This allows learners to continue with their studies, by facilitating real-time, face-to-face communication with their teachers.

However, even with the benefits of social distance in mind, many teachers and students still struggle when it comes to getting the most out of their remote classes, often due to various problems encountered during its course.

To ensure that both, teachers and learners understand how it works, they should take the time to familiarize themselves with the software.

Lack of sufficient bandwidth, internet connection slowing down or going down, and other networkrelated issues are probably some of the most common remote class problems experienced by users. Some of the main signs of such issues include choppy audio, a video feed that keeps freezing up, screen sharing failure and unexplained delays.

The system decides to crash, the microphone isn’t picking up their voice, the video feed is pixelated to the point of turning users into an unrecognizable collection of colored blocks.

So depending on their arrangement, users should have a headset, earbuds or a recommended microphone to minimize echoes.

They should check all connections, including headset and camera, to ensure that all cables are securely connected to their respective ports.

So, are you enjoying the remote classes? What are the pros and cons of them for you?

Content, context, experience

This is my commitment to you and that’s how I truly believe our work should be.

The following words guide my teaching since day # 1:

“Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.”

William Butler Yeats

I’ll offer you everything I know! I’ll be right here with you: face to face! I’ll listen to you! I’ll understand you!

You will scatter your hopes and dreams…

And I’ll care for them until they flourish…

And I truly hope you grow stronger in knowledge of our amazing English speaking world as well as to your full potential!

And try not to focus only on the journey’s end, but instead, enjoy what you are becoming along the way!

I welcome you all! We’ll create magic! At least for me: this is magic!