Tell or Teach?

To teach is much more than merely telling another precisely what we want them to know. To check for understanding following instruction involves much more than a capacity for the student to pass a test.

To learn for ourselves to a deeper level requires much more than to have listened, recorded, memorized and then tested to a standard. With no applied learning of the information, with no practical processing in an application experience, very little will be learned or retained to be used later as functional intelligence gained.

On occasion, we are all called upon to be teachers. Think more deeply to share information for the purpose of the learner to apply the information for themselves in personal practice. Pass or fail is on the teacher to have shared the information to evolve into personal acquisition and advancement of knowledge for the learner. From here they will continue learning from this depth of experience.

Learners are more apt to continue learning from their inherited knowledge and less from what they were only told. Organize to do more than tell when called upon to teach.

“The best teachers are those who show you where to look, but don’t tell you what to see.” — Alexandra Trenfor —


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