I am amazed at the simple “everyday” that can can speak with such clarity and power. And I simply could not pass up this two-minute video as it beautifully illustrates what authentic and life-changing teaching should look like.
If a picture is worth a thousand words, then a video just puts those thousand words on steroids.
Eight quick observations from this video for us as teachers today:
- This was not a 50-minute lecture by a dog on “pups walking down stairs.” And I get it, dogs cannot talk, but just roll with my analogy.
- The “student” learned by having the process modeled repeatedly by the “teacher.”
- The “teacher” took the “student” from what was known (the top of the stairs) to what was unknown (the bottom of the stairs). Great way to teach.
- The “teacher” brought the “student” along by getting on his/her turf when the student was unsure of the process.
- The “student” was given time to learn at his/her own pace.
- The “teacher” provided encouragement all along the way.
- The “student” was praised for his/her work.
- I always knew cats were lousy teachers.
And there you have it…learning at its finest. Nothing difficult or complicated…just a caring teacher who knows how learning occurs best. M-O-D-E-L.
I love the way John Milton Gregory puts it for us: “It may be taught by the use of words, by signs, by objects, by actions, or by examples; but whatever the substance, the mode, or the aim of the teaching, the act itself, fundamentally considered, is always substantially the same: it is the communication of experience.”
You go, teacher, and effectively communicate that experience today for your students. And watch learning abound.