Some of the worst lessons I have taught have been those which I prepared in greatest detail. Like the battle plans that did not survive the first engagement with the enemy, my lessons crashed in flames because, essentially, the learners did not conform to my expectations!
Having a linear idea of how learning takes place does not leave those opportunities for students to contribute to their own learning. They are passive learners, often with simulation replacing genuine experiences.
The result is that learning is compromised and often concentrates on knowledge acquisition in an undifferentiated way that does not reflect student interests, difficulties or prior knowledge.
Consequently Bryan Christopher’s article resonated with my experience: Edutopia | Catching Lightning in a Bottle