Thanks for reading another blog post – I hope you find my posts useful, or at least, thought provoking.
In this post I want to encourage teachers to look for inspiration outside of the classroom. I want to challenge you to find inspiration further afield.
Yes, you read it right. I want you to look for inspiration and ideas outside of the world of education and academia. I want you to look at other fields or occupations (e.g. business managers, scout leaders, preachers, leadership gurus, sports coaches, etc.,) to see the way other experts in their field teach, train, and inspire people.
I would say that most of the people mentioned above (plus a host of others) have probably never heard of the word pedagogy or of the Socratic method, but they are still masterful educators. They understand how to get the message across – and often in a way teachers and other educators can learn from.
For example, check out this very popular boxing coach on YouTube.
I personally liked the way he tried to engage the audience, the way he broke the steps down and gave several examples, and the way he explained why this method is important/effective.
Can you think of any other place this style of coaching (aka. teaching) could be effective? BINGO! In the classroom! Engage, break it down, give some practical examples, and explain how it is used and why.
I hope you get my point – we, as teachers, should not only look at our own profession for new ideas and inspiration, we should also look beyond the world of education, for it is here that more great ideas reside.
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