When you’re travelling, sooner or later you realise that you’ve gone a long way. With a sea voyage, you don’t go a long way fast, but rather by just chugging on, day and night, eating away at the miles. Suddenly, i realise that we’ve covered over 3,000km, a respectable distance, and we are still ploughing on.
Following the progress on a map, our gains, hour by hour are almost too small to be noticed, certainly on the large scale map. To chart how far we’ve come, i need to look at the local map, the small scale one. On this, i can clearly see each port, each fishing harbour and the mouth of each fjord and name of each channel. It’s easy to see the progress that’s being made at this scale.
Measuring progress in learning is important, but choosing the right scale is essential. Too granular the detail, the effect becomes cloying and restrictive. Too large the scale and we become stranded, lost in the immensity of the task at hand.
It’s easy to end up mapping so may ‘learning objectives’ and plans that we end up in a very small scale map indeed.
Navigation is tricky at the best of times. Using the right map helps.