Teaching 101

As a retired teacher, I can suggest some techniques that worked for me during my teaching career. I have seen many teachers teach from the board to the students and expect to achieve the right results. It doesn’t matter whether the subject is algebra, chemistry or grammar, the students must participate in the teaching if they are to learn. Recently, I had a computer geek come to my house to show me how to use Pinnacle. He put in the discs and began to give me instructions as to how to utilize the movie-making program. I stopped him after a short introduction and told him, “Don’t show me how by doing it yourself. Show me and then let me see if I can do it.  When you’re finished, I am not going to know anything new.” When I give someone directions, especially over the phone, I then ask them to repeat the directions so that I know they understood and can carry out the instructions. Encourage mistakes. Mistakes are learning tools. And one of my readers added: “Watch one, do one, teach one.”


About bobosbest

I am an 80-year-old retired English teacher whose writing goals are fulfilled by publishing these blogs. I have a wonderful married partner, Dimitris Tsitsiras, who is from Greece. Life is good and still an adventure.
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One Response to Teaching 101

  1. Anonymous says:

    Watch one, do one, teach one.

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