While teaching educators how to teach, I have realized that we make too light a matter of little things and we do not spend enough time defining the basics.
A Jamaican Example
In 1995, I taught in a Jamaican Christian mission school for two weeks. When I first walked into the classroom, I was appalled at the assignments given to the first graders. It seemed like such busy work when there were so many interesting things to cover with the students. By the end of my two weeks teaching in their school, I began to see they were right and I was wrong.