I realize I’ve been quiet on this blog for too many weeks. I have several ruminations pending, but no time to get them into any form of coherent thought. I’ve been too busy preparing to teach a course which starts on Wednesday.
Which leads me to the thought for today. There is nothing truer than the old adage that you learn a subject best when you have to teach it. I’m starting an advanced instructional design course, and I’ve learned more than I thought there was to know about design models and instructional techniques. I’ve thought about the subject from an academic point of view, and from a practical point of view. And I’ve had to organize all that into 14 active, productive, educational, and maybe inspirational sessions. I know instructional design in a way I hadn’t known it even after 25+ years of doing it.
My next course is on constructivist learning environments, and that’s a subject I’ve only just begun to appreciate.
So, if you really want to see if you’ve mastered a subject, find a way to teach it. You don’t have to go the academic route, you can teach through mentoring or coaching. You’ll learn to think about the what, the why, and the nuance of each action you take so that you can effectively communicate its importance, analyze others’ behaviors, and provide helpful feedback and advice.
It sounds like a lot of work, but it’s actually fun. At least it is for me.
Back to prep for now, but I hope to be a more regular blogger in the future.