Squishy Not Slick

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May 6, 2011 at 3:54pm
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Squishy Not Slick

Frank Chimero gave a talk in Portland last year. During the talk, he shared this slide:

He talked about how squishy design is better than slick design. Squishy not slick. This seemed right. I heard this and realized that it encapsulated much of my thinking about what makes good teaching. Good teaching is squishy not slick. I started compiling a list of contrasting ideas from education that fall into the categories of squishy and slick. Here’s what is on that list right now.

Squishy Teaching =

    Spontaneous - Unique - Particular - Tailored - Entangled - Mixed together - Woven - Patched - Organic - Rebel Forces - Poetic - Ambiguous - Emotional - Non-linear - Non-sequenced - Inquisitive - Inextricably-linked - Constructivist - Experiential - Holistic - Democratizing - Authentic - Collaborative - Adaptive - Complicated - Contextual - Relational

Slick Teaching =

    Mass produced - Psychologically manipulative - Planned years in advance - Manufactured - Imperial - Hegemonic - Afraid - Spreadsheeted - Shallow - Narcotizing - Cauterizing - Anti-intellectual - Uncritical - Uncreative - Emotionless - Scripted - Juking the stats - Dropout factories - Assembly-lined

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