I sawthis Ted talkyesterday and I think it has illuminating resonance for me as a teacher.
In the talk, Simon Sinek identifies 3 stages of all communication: what, how and why.
For example, as a teacher who wants my students to do the best they possibly can, what I want to happen is excellent behaviour, concentration and hard work in class and the completion of 100% of homework to the best of their ability. Typically I will start with this what.
If not all students get on board with this, and I always find at least one of them in each class, then I move to the how. I will talk about how they should SLANT when I am talking, how they should do their homework as soon as it is set, how the harder they work the more they’ll learn, how much easier it is…
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