SEVEN LAWS OF THE TEACHER #5


LAW OF THE HEART

Teaching that impacts is not from head to head but from heart to heart.

The Jews used the term "heart" to express the totality of personality — intellect, emotions and will.
  • Intellect - the knowing component

    As a teacher, what are you learning? The teacher must primarily be a student. What are some new inputs you have received? If you do not know it, you cannot give it.

  • emotion - the feeling component

    What are you excited about? Too many Christians only get turned on by the trivial.

  • will - the doing component

    The opposite of ignorance in the spiritual realm is not knowledge, but obedience. To know and not to do is not to know at all.
Socrates summarized communication using three words:
  • ethos (character or credibility)

    Ethos establishes your credibility - Who you are is far more important that what you say or do. People listen or do not listen to you because of who you are. People must trust you. As a teacher, ask yourself: “What kind of person am I?”

  • pathos (compassion or emotions)

    Pathos involves arousing the passion of your students ... their motivation comes out of their emotions. To arouse their passions, you need to establish rapport and relationship with your students. People do not care what you think until they know that you care. If you love them, they will be more eager to do things for you.

    All learning begins at the feeling level. If your students have a positive attitude toward you, they will accept what they hear. If a negative attitude, they will reject your message because they had rejected you.

  • logos (content)

    Logos requires a gathering of evidence, helping us to engage the mind and gives understanding. It gives a reason for actions. You want students to think so that they can see how logical and reasonable the action is.
The teaching-learning process is inseparable. If the learner has not learned then we have not taught. As a teacher your effectiveness is determined or tested by what the student does as a result of your actions. Learning is change - a change in the student's thinking, feeling and behavior (mind, emotions and will).

Four ways you can put these components into practice in your teaching:
  1. Know your students so that you can meet their needs. This will take time and effort; you have to pour your life into people.

  2. Earn the right. Credibility precedes communication. Be an example to your students.

  3. Personal involvement with students before and after class. You impress from far but you impact up close and personal. Note: This is related to 1 above.

  4. Become vulnerable before your students. People need to see you when you are real. Note: This is related to 2 above.



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Alan's Gleanings | October 2011 by Alan S.L. Wong