27 May 2011, by A. Cedilla
Are you at a point in your life where you’ve met many of your big goals and most of the shine has worn off the accomplishment?
If you’re bored with what you’ve been doing and you’re looking for a way to make it new again, why not teach about what you know?
Teaching can revitalize your life in the field of your specialization, your subject of interest and of expertise. It’s not a joke when people say, “the best way to learn is to teach.”
See, it’s not watch and learn, it’s teach and learn.
“Watch and learn” can have some pretty flimsy premises attached to it, akin to a “I know how to do this, I watched it on the internet” kind of mastery. Actual learning is experiential. You do it, you learn how it’s done.
Deeper learning, on the other hand, happens when you task yourself into passing on what you know.
For instance, take a moment and recall how you learned how to drive. If you ever taught anyone else to drive, there’s a world of difference between learning how, and teaching how it’s done, right?
As the student, all you had to do was do what show up, follow the instructions and copy what you were shown. As the teacher, you have to know why things are done a certain way, or in a certain sequence, for example, and have the student trust you enough to follow along for the time being, and wait for more detail later.
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