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I love to lecture, but…

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Schools can confuse.

We’re told to show up at a class and listen to someone tell us about a subject. Often for hours at a time. But does it reaches the intended result?

As a father, I’ll take a block of time to explain an idea or concept. At five years old, I am not sure the information stuck. Yet, I like to explain things.

Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn. -Benjamin Franklin

Do you find that you learn better when lectured?

In most cases, when I take a hands-on approach with my son, he picks up ideas easier. My wife allows his involvement when she teaches.

Recently, he and his mother made a cake. She trusted him enough to let him run the electric mixer. That’s something I would struggle to allow. Due to all the movies I have seen with cake batter flung around the kitchen.

But he handled it like a champ. He Mixed the batter and held the bowl. No mess, no foul.

He developed confidence that even at a young age, he could make an impact. It’s fantastic to see.

I definitely learn more when I am involved in the actual subject. Doing allows for a better grasp of the concepts taught. It provides more context and reinforces the ideas much more.