‘How you teach is how you do everything’ is the title of a recent blog post written by Jen Louden and Michele Lisenbury Christensen, which I think is hands down, one of the most eloquent pieces on teaching I’ve read in a long time.
The post covers 8 points about teaching, which I’m following up with a series of posts on each point. You can read about the first, about ‘needy students sucking you dry’ here and the second, about being brave and bold here.
Here’s the third point.
Some are arrogant: their experience, intelligence, or knowledge separates them from their students. Significance anybody?
Others let their experience, intelligence, and knowledge fuel their curiosity, connection, and humility and teach from those qualities.
My take on arrogance.
Arrogance in a teacher fuels a desire for one way communication a.k.a. ‘the lecture’ which Don Tapscott defines as when the notes of the lecturer go to the notes of the student without going through the brains of either.
Arrogance hides any opportunity for a trainer to learn from her/his participants.
Arrogance wipes out opportunities for access and inclusion (both in how one teaches and what one teaches). It’s my way or the highway. There’s one way to do things and it’s my way. Diversity? What’s that?
Whereas anchoring learning in lived experiences (e.g. experiential education), being willing to go wildly off ‘topic’, being humble and using your goofs and gaffes as opportunities for great learning (both for you and your participants) is fuel for the brain and the heart of learning.
Stay tuned for more posts about ‘how you teach is how you do everything’.
To find out more about the TeachNow series with Jen Louden and Michele Lisenbury Christensen (including an interview with yours truly) click here.