To Teach is to Learn
You have what it takes to be a Superstar and my job is to help you on your way.
You want confidence in your ability- to know you've made progress and what you've worked at has been worth it.
But how do you know if you're right?
In today’s post and video, I won’t go into the treasure trove of studies that surround various techniques and styles. But I will share with you a 3 minute masterpiece of me & special guest Derek-in full Metacognitive feedback mode.
This was whilst in Hong Kong, last December- as an example tool for my students to reflect on progress. I wanted them to look on their own learning journey and outcomes in a more imaginative way. Rather than me as the one to feedback all the time, with usual rules 'yawn'......
.....And of course do it while having a laugh at the same time!
Yes, technically I am the teacher. But where’s the fun as a student being told what to do all the time? Isn’t it more fun to be the one in charge?
No one likes to have to follow rules- but they do love to make them! That’s where the fun begins…..
If you know how to tap, move, walk, dance, click, make a sound or have a heartbeat- You’re already a musician! All you gotta do is put things in order. But you'll learn today, that when you show someone else how you do what you've learned- you become the teacher (and master for some!) Confidence boost or what?!
If you've ever got bored of the usual 'rules' that surround 'feedback', you NEED to watch this video. It'll change how you show your progress forever. (And you'll have great fun doing it too!)
Why you don't have to be so serious when you demonstrate what you've been working on.
How you can be in control of your own learning. And set your own path for improvement.
You don't have to be the greatest singer to be an entertainer!
How to break things down when you teach others- it's probably the best way you'll learn too.
Whatever the scenario- lack of reflection for what works for you, and how you learn best, is certain to stop you in your tracks to become a master of your own destiny.
Don't be afraid to break the barrier of 'the norm' to do what's right for you.
Sit back, relax- and have a great laugh, while you learn- and teach at the same time!
The Christmas favourite ‘Last Christmas’ by George Michael is used in the video. Copyright lies with the respective owner and its use for the video is in an educational establishment.
Take your mind off things and allow you to feel a moment to be calm.
When was the last time you broke with the traditional 'rules', and approached your learning in a different way- to show your true capabilities?
What was your favourite part of the video? Did you get any lightbulb moments? What was your biggest takeaway and how will you use that in your own ‘teaching’?
I’d love to hear your thoughts and stories about how breaking the ‘usual rules’ has helped you to develop as a ‘teacher- learner’.
Leave a comment below and let me know. Share as much detail as possible in your reply- Remember, your takeout moment may help someone else spring into action. And change their life for the better.
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Stay determined and strive to inspire others with your own musical gifts.
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