my friends have concluded through personal experience and observation that
"the masters all use the lecturing method!" The following sentence
is, "So the lecturing method is the secret skill of the masters!"
statement resonates with my own experience. I have attended a presentation by
Peter Senge, the author of "The Fifth Discipline", where he lectured
for a full 90 minutes using only two densely packed slides. I eagerly made the
pilgrimage to attend in person and even got a photo with the master. Similarly,
the management sage Kazuo Inamori gave a two-hour scripted talk in Japanese
with subtitles. Despite this, I still felt a deep admiration for his
dedication, traveling all the way to Taiwan to sit and speak for two hours!
the masters all use the lecturing method, can you do the same in corporate
training or general teaching?
answer, let's conduct two thought experiments (which involve simulating scenarios
in your mind). The first thought experiment is: if the two lectures were not
given by the masters themselves, but by any audience member who stood on stage
and repeated the master's words (especially in the case of the management sage,
as the script was already prepared), do you think the effect would be the same?
Would you still run to take a photo with the person who read the script after
the lecture? Would you still admire them greatly for their excellent
second thought experiment is: if it were the master themselves giving the same
lecture, but the setting was a corporate training session with 20-30 corporate
trainees, and these trainees didn't recognize the master and only knew they
were attending a corporate training session (believe me, this is normal! I have
conducted many on-site interviews! Many trainees only know they were told to
attend training by their manager and know nothing about the course content or
the trainer), how do you think they would feel after an hour of pure lecture?
that in the first thought experiment, if you were there and the master was
absent, replaced by someone reading a script, the result might be vastly
different. You might even leave outright!
In the second thought experiment, the lecturing method is used in corporate training. I had a real-life experience of this a few days ago. I was leading a practice class in Classroom A, while a lecture was being given in the adjacent Classroom B. Despite the soundproofing being poor and me being able to vaguely hear the class in Classroom B, I could confirm that the teacher lectured all day. During the break, I sneakily glanced into Classroom B and saw half of the students slumped over their desks while others sat with their eyes closed, seemingly meditating. The classroom environment felt a bit oxygen-deprived. The difference was: I didn't know if the teacher was a master or not, but the students were certainly having a rough time.
want to say is:
Masters are recognized as such because they possess insight, ideas, experience,
and a track record of success. Therefore, it doesn't really matter how masters
teach, speak, or act. To quote a common saying from my憲哥, "Who you are is more
important than what you say..."
Further inference suggests that the title of "master" inherently
strengthens students' motivation to learn. These events attract many who are
intrinsically motivated to learn, and this strong drive often results in better
learning outcomes. Regardless of the teaching method employed at the venue,
even if it's purely lecturing, these highly motivated learners will take
extensive notes and combine it with their personal experiences for reflection,
which leads to abundant takeaways.
reality is: in many corporate training scenarios, maintaining learning
motivation is a challenge. For the company, providing education and training is
a benefit; for the employees, they might want to avoid the upcoming day of
training (especially if they're assigned by their supervisor). Even the most
engaged trainees can get tired of continuous lecturing (due to the human
inclination for variety), which is why there's a demand for teaching methods
my view is simple: regardless of the teaching method used, as long as it's
effective, that's all that matters!
teaching environments, learning motivations, and participation motives may
result in different reactions from students. If, during your teaching, your
students are extremely focused and attentive, there may be no need for you to
change your teaching method. It's possible that you're the right teacher
(master), or you've encountered the right students, or they have the right
motives or attitudes, hence, the right teaching outcomes. If the results are
effective, that's great!
However, if your students appear disinterested, show no signs of engagement, or even start to doze off (personally, I don't believe in sleep learning - XD), don't jump to conclusions that "this lesson is hard to teach", "these students lack motivation", or "I'm not famous enough"... These are not correct inferences! Some teachers might even resort to self-consolation like "as long as one person benefits, it's good enough", or "I'm here to guide those who are meant to learn", or "I did my best" (these are the top three excuses, which I'll elaborate on in another article). Consider this: regardless of the subject, there are always excellent teaching methods out there, you just might not be aware of them yet. I hope these articles on teaching techniques can share the know-how we've gathered from teaching in major corporations over the past decade, not only reducing trial and error for teachers but also making teaching more effective, interesting, and useful!
articles have been helpful to you, I'll continue to compile more when time
allows. Alternatively, I might arrange a full-day in-person course on
"Teaching Techniques" in the future. This could enable teachers who
need to hone their teaching skills to reduce trial and error and accelerate
their learning. Anyone interested in participating? Although, I should mention
that I'm still not sure when I'll have the time to host it.
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