It’s a true joy to be able to pay forward information which has/had a profound impact on my thinking out here in the blogosphere – this post is no exception!
Just recently, I listened to an educational leadership audio which taught that there are several core ‘laws’ of learning. These go beyond mere techniques; they strike me, as someone who is not in the formal schooling profession/industry, as going far beyond what one would glean from curriculum or lessons.
Below, I share transcribed notes from the audio:
Law No. 1
A great teacher takes ultimate responsibility for teaching.
– He/she accepts the duty to create hunger in the students. This is akin to the old metaphor re: leading a horse to water, and not being able to make him drink; yet, you can add salt tablets to the water to encourage him.
Law No. 2
Teachers always accept the best.
– You must inspect in order to expect results.
– Believe in everyone’s potential.
– Check on performance, ask lots of key questions, and apply the PDCA process.
Law No. 3
Everything you do must be applied ( Law of Application )
– ‘To know, and not to do, is not totally something known.’
Law No. 4
Leading students/mentees to the irreducible minimum in order to comprehend & apply. ( Law of Retention )
– Create analogies
– Sketch word pictures
– Frame the information in a story format, or add dramatic elements
This leads to a simple, and highly recollect-able framework.
Law No. 5
Need is the starting point. ( law of Need )
– People often don’t look for an answer / solution until they have ID’ed a problem or at least asked some Q’s.
– We often need a “hole”, however, we don’t necessarily want the “drill”. Yet, a drill is usually needed in order to create the hole in the wall. 🙂
– History is a catalog of past courageous events; knowing this, and that there are thousands of years of recorded history, why not borrow experiences from those who have already lived?
Law No. 6
Equipping. ( Law of )
– Train leaders for service that betters the world.
– The results are long term, esp. when the process is solid.
– “If you want a perfect product, perfect the process.” = constant intentional excellence.
Law No. 7
Restoration + Revival ( Law of )
– Always seek truths as the basis of your teaching. Be hungry for better information to share.
– Honeability is the key for being able to respond to truth.
– To then live by the truths, being honorable is imperative.
Terrific insight, was it not? As always , comments are most welcome. Huge appreciation to Mr. (Orrin) Woodward for his inspired review of the material which ties back to Mr. Howard Hendricks & Mr. Bruce Wilkinson. Best to all!