I suspect my current anxiety is a result of the following:
- I've been a 1 person shop for my entire career
- I've been training the same material for the past 5 years
- I've had a student base with minimal "prior knowledge" of computers or of the system I was showing them.
The situation I find myself in is almost the opposite of what I've been doing all this time:
- There are now (at least) 5 other people with input on the training
- The training requires students (and myself) to make a huge cognitive leap
- The student base comes in with significantly more prior knowledge.
What this means: I need to do what I've been doing differently.
I hate to admit this, but my colleagues figured this out more quickly than I did and spent the better part of the meeting trying to get my thick skull around this fact.
I should be excited. Finally - a chance to practice what everyone has been preaching. Not having to do the "step-by-step", practicing "social construction", encouraging cognitive leaps and all that.
Yet every single synapse in my brain is screaming NO!
- We only have 90 minutes!
- The users will NEVER get it!
- I thought I had already created context in the training?!?!
- Why are the younger trainers trying to muscle in on MY work?!
- What in the world did I miss and why don't I understand what is going on!!!!!!
After a good night's sleep, I am slowly quieting the control freak educator in my head. I hope to send her packing by the end of all of this.