In whichever walk of life you happen to be in, there is always going to be a time when you need to teach something to someone else. This could be as part of your job, training someone, this could be showing a new skill to a friend or teaching your child something about life. Whatever the reason is for needing to show someone something new, we all need the skills that are required to demonstrate our knowledge and to teach someone that new thing in the best way possible. We spoke to education specialist about what skills you need to have if you want to improve your overall teaching ability.
Identify Learning Style
The first thing that you need to focus on when teaching someone new is what kind of learner they are. There are many different types of learners out there, some respond better to visual learning, others need to have some inspiration behind their learning and others respond very well to analytical teaching, even if that means that they are doing nothing more than reading from a book. It is important that you can highlight what kind of learner you are dealing with because if yo try to teach someone who is analytical with visual aids then it is unlikely that you will get the best response from them.
Plan, Do, Review
Teaching someone something one time and expecting them to suddenly have this information in their head forever is highly ambitious and very unlikely to work. It is for that reason that you should break each part of the lesson down, plan for each area, then complete it and then, one of the most important parts, review what you have learned. This review process is vital as it will not only help you to understand whether the learner has take in what you have taught them, it will also help them to reinforce the knowledge, remember that repetition is the father of learning and the more you review what you are learning, the more the information will stay in their head.
Make It Relevant
Making a pice of information relevant to your learner is a great tool that we can use to share knowledge with others. For many people, the first reaction that they will have when learning something new is ‘why do I need to know this? How will this benefit me?’ these are sensible questions to be asked and it is up to you as the teacher to ensure that you are making the information relevant to the life or job of the person that you are teaching. Making a lesson relevant not only helps to answer these questions but it also makes the brain of the learner open up. Let’s say you are teaching maths and the pupil finds it mind-numbingly boring, then let’s assume that you use basketball scoring as a way to teach the same numerical lesson, if that child loves basketball then you can guarantee that you have far more probability of landing your information. Keep it relevant for the best chance of success.