Anti-Perfectionism: How to Roll with the Punches During a Pandemic

July 6, 2020 | July Workshop Series

This session began by providing a few “anti-perfectionist” teaching strategies that involve figuring out when a teaching goal matters and when it might be appropriate to accept a less-than-perfect outcome. We addressed such topics as when and how to model an anti-perfectionist attitude for your students, how to roll with the punches when technical problems arise, how to reduce the scope of your teaching goals to focus on those that are explicitly essential, and why inclusivity should be one of your non-negotiable goals. Following the instructional portion of the session, we conducted an interactive workshop where participants thought through what anti-perfectionism might look like for them.


  • Part 1: The Fundamentals of Anti-Perfectionism
  • Perfectionism​
  • Teaching Goals​
  • Tradeoffs
  • Fall Semester Constraints
  • Rolling with the punches
  • Part II: Applying Anti-Perfectionism in Your Teaching
  • Breakout #1​
  • Prioritization​
  • Breakout #2
  • Conclusions



Handout: Teaching Goals Worksheet