Tell or Teach?

In a simple matter, we often prefer to tell another unknowing person what to do. The other may follow what you told them, but they will have very little learning capacity to adapt outside of your instructions for them.

Maybe it would be better if you would at first take the time to teach. To teach for a broader contextual sense of the things they might do for themselves. From the context the mind is opened and curious to learn by doing for themselves. To teach is to guide another rather than tell them precisely what to do, to think and to act. Teaching affords the learner the chance to experience their own decisions.

Telling is giving the answer. Teaching is finding the answers together and the concept of teaching translates well to all other circumstances for the learner. Teaching promotes each being accountable and responsible for their actions and their outcomes. Don’t tell, teach.

“I think, at child’s birth, if a mother could ask a fairy godmother to endow it with the most useful gift, that gift would be curiosity.” — Eleanor Roosevelt —


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