SEVEN LAWS OF THE LEARNER #1
LAW OF THE LEARNER
MINDSET: It's not my problem if you don't want to learn OR I'm responsible for my students' learning.
Every master teacher shares the mindset that it is his responsibility to cause his students to learn. Teaching is not what you do but what your students do. The focus of teaching is not on the teacher but the students. Teaching is causing learning. If your students have not learnt then you have not taught.
Seven Learner Maxims
A maxim is a brief statement of a general principle or truth.
If so, then your students' grades are your grades - an assessment of your performance!
Note to the student: When you are the teacher, teach like you are 100% responsible; when you are the student, learn like you are 100% responsible.
This does not mean that when you teach for the right reasons, everything is automatically going to be wonderful. God never promised to give you a class that always responds joyfully to you and your subject. Even Jesus, the Master Teacher had students such as the Sadducees and Pharisees, who attack attacked not only His content but His reputation and eventually taking His life.
"Teach when you experience joy, and teach when you feel grief. God has divinely called and commissioned you. Teach for your student's grade on Friday's test and teach for your grade on the Final test."
God holds people accountable only for that which is in their control.
The effective teacher causes his students to learn through control of these three elements. If there is a problem with your class, look at yourself first. Ask what is stopping a student from learning i.e., what is the problem and readjust accordingly.
Credentials are relevant but they do not tell us anything about how effective that person will be in the classroom because credentials center on the teacher, not what the teacher can do in the lives of the students. The only fact which indisputably proves what kind of teacher you will make is how your previous students performed. The most important test of teacher effectiveness is student performance.
God's principles for ministry have always been the same: character first then communication. The life of the communicator must first be in harmony with his message before he speaks the message.
Our character will always control the content - eventually ... because when sin is given free reign, the Spirit of God is quenched then the teacher will begin to shape the content to match his lifestyle.
If you are nervous before you speak then you are self-conscious - how you will do and what the people will think about you. But if you would get your eyes off yourself and on the audience and start caring about meeting (serving) their needs, you would stop being so nervous.
The teacher is a waiter. You exist to meet the needs of your students, not your own.
Master teachers are not born, just improved. There are degrees of innate ability, but the majority of people who achieve in their fields do so with persistent effort over a long period of time. Conclusion: The law of the learner is the foundation upon which every other law is built.
Small Group Discussion: Identify the problem(s) in the following situations.
If you are style-oriented then you love what takes place in the process of teaching and learning; love seeing a class that is "alive" with excitement and interest; like to be creative in class using different methods; you are never boring but spontaneous, varied and simply love to teach.
If style is your weakest link then lecture is your middle name ... you stand and deliver - nothing more, nothing less. Students feel bored in your class and tend to feel sleepy.
If you are subject-oriented then you love the contents; love to the "deep" things and research; have more materials than needed; often hurry to finish a class; enjoy explaining things; sometimes how to avoid over-complicating things.
However, if subject is your weakest link then you are insecure about the contents; depend heavily on your notes; prefer not to answer questions from students; other people's materials always seem better than your own.
If you are student-oriented then you love the students; think of them as friends; interested in them in and out of class; like an extended family ... you share your life with them and eat with them; tend to stray from the subject because you want to help your students so much.
If the student relationship is your weakest link then you are not comfortable around students; arrive as class begins and leave quickly; students refer to you by your title and not your name and you know only a few names of the students half way through the course.
Seven Learner Maximizers
Quick tips to help you use the law of the learner