Spent a good chunk of today helping Sam Crowley teach a group of perspective instructors. Sam's an ACA Instructor Trainer (IT) who certifies instructors who learn the skills to model and teach proper technique. More importantly he's a good friend and a very considerate houseguest. Sam always brings flowers to my wife when he says with us. Very smart man, Sam is.
It's not a yard sale. Really.
Sam asked me to teach one of the stroke sections. So I did, and it was fine. I asked for feedback and I got a really good piece of information. Basically, I talk too much. The analytical students were sucking it all up. The others were looking at their watches and wondering when I was going to shut up.
So the best thing I learned today was that the less you talk, the more people learn, and if you can give specifics after the students model the behavior, they'll probably solve a lot of problems on their own.
So while I taught, I was really learning. I think that most people divide the world into "learning time" and "teaching time." I got to experience the pleasure of teaching and the humility that comes from being taught by someone with a real talent for tailoring content to the type of learners. Something I need to consider in the future.
When Sam modeled techniques the students were riveted. They were all like sponges, and it was a pleasure to be around so many positive and enthusiastic people.