BASICS are the beginning.
REPEAT yourself often.
AVOID creating desperation.
INSPIRE with examples.
NEVER forget to repeat yourself.*
Many give up on learning and go into I’m-not-interested-in-what-you-have-to-say-but-I-want-to-tell-you-what-I-think mode.
Teaching is learning, of course, and teachers are learners first of all.
John Maeda outlines the things he remembers in order to draw people into learning: always be a learner in order to do justice to the basics, embrace the need to repeat so everyone gets it, don’t show off and make what you know unlearnable, trigger the the learner’s internal motivation, and if it’s worth saying it’s worth saying again.
Here’s to lifelong learning. School is back.
*From John Maeda’s The Laws of Simplicity.