The great teacher or educator: Post III
The great teacher or educator has a strong ego and self of self, but is not narcissistic or egocentric. He/she knows that he/she is not perfect and has knowledge of his/her own beliefs and biases. And he/she has the courage to clearly state that he/she has those biases.
In a similar vein the great educator both when preparing for teaching and in the actual instruction process, the great educator does not focus on self or on self-protection. Instead, he/she focuses on making clear in his.her own mind that he/she knows precisely what he/she believes that the student needs to learn. on the student being taught and on how to reach him or her, and on how to grab and hold the attention and thought of the student. Accordingly, the student(s) become engrossed with the topic at hand and on the thought process itself.
That also says something about teaching method or tactic. No matter how good a lecturer one is, one cannot expect to drone on incessantly in lecture and simultaneously hold the attention and involvement of students. It simply will not happen, no matter how ggod a tale-weaver the lecturer is. .
I had a psychology lecturer who always ended statements with all right or okay. I swear she did it on purpose as every year the first years all would run tallies to see if she said more all rights or okays. Sometimes she said both at the end. Can't remember her lectures but her voice still rings in my head with all right okay.
I still remember quite clearly an Teacher of English that I had in Ist, Grade High School.
No kidding, he could drone on and on and on for lesson after lesson enough to actually put an Chronic Insomniac into a very deep sleep.
Yet I also has a Science Teacher that could hold the attention of every student in every lesson because he made everything interesting, asked the students to discuss/debate the lessons with him, etc, etc.
Yes, a GOOD Orator/Teacher, etc, can grab your attention and hold it for as long as he/she wishes and YOU will learn from him/her every time.
One of my own students, a shy young man, was an expert on a topic that I was going to teach a fortnight in the future. We agreed for him to teach that class. I coached him accordingly, and that class was a great success. He also became much less shy.
"No Matter how good a lecturer one is, one cannot expect to drone on incessantly in lecture and simultaneously hold the attention and involvement of students. It simple will not happen, no matter how good a tale-weaver the lecturer is."
So it's unrealistic to expect a human being to listen for an hour? If so, why?