Monday, June 23, 2008

Teaching is Learning

The anxiety, the elation, the preparation, the organization, the last-minute off-the-cuff change that makes it GO! It is very interesting teaching - maybe the word is facilitating - a gathering of 30 very interested and knowledgeable professionals. Some already know what you know, some know more than what you know about the subject matter and are simply verifying their positions. The best method is to encourage the "team" to contribute to the material as it is presented, even to refute it with empirical evidence, so that the "team" can learn beyond the awareness and ability of the teacher. Humility of not knowing it ALL, and true enthusiasm for the subject matter are key attributes that gain the interest of the team members in active participation. By the way, even outside the classroom, people are learning by what they see you do. LGLOBO