It's too easy to point out Confucius' saying that ends with "I do and I understand". But it's also true! Learners must be highly involved in experiential teaching strategies to be successful 21st century citizens.

Don’t you feel it? You know, when a lesson you have designed, or a “discrepent event” that you have grabbed for the teaching moment, or a student’s reaction downright catalyzes AND galvanizes your learners beyond the beyond.

It has happened to all teachers, presenters, leaders, at least once  and probably more than you even knew it. For me the first time I realized this was when a parent called me. I knew that he had a reputation as difficult parent and was prepared for most anything.

He said, “I want to know what’s going on in your classroom.” I said I wasn’t sure I knew what he meant.

He proceeded to say that for the “first time in his son’s life he wanted  to got to school, indeed for the first time, was enjoying learning.”

How I had come to the point in my own instructional design competency (which is a fancy term for getting good at teaching)? That will be the subject of a later post.

What I am advocating today is that all of us, any of us,who have to get in front of a group to teach them anything at all have a moral obligation to create lessons, presentations and the like, that pull the student, sometimes kicking and screaming, across the learner finish line.

The mission of this blog  will become more evident as it evolves but the short story is that this forum can become a place where we can collaborate, offer up lessons and strategies to hone our collective and individual expertise at highly involved and highly participatory lessons.


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