Training Techniques: Lecture vs. Hands On // Relatability

Scrolling through twitter this morning, I found a very intriguing article, one that includes a topic we should all consider. Especially as I begin to move into my own consulting business, and based the experiences that I have had in the past two years, this idea is one that really stands out to me. When it comes to training effectiveness, we must as trainers shy away from the lecture style "trainings" or the sit and get that tends to be the way sessions happen more often than not in conferences. Teachers sit and get, and though those can be great ways to pass on exciting resources and get the participants excited to run back and try them, there is little interaction and actual learning that takes place in a setting like that.

“To learn a skill or get better at one you have to practice. Deliberate practice with constructive feedback is the key for long-term success.“ - Adrian Segar  

There are times when "sit and get" can be appropriate, but we cannot expect our participants to have much of an application of the tool or skill being discussed afterwards unless they have that "go-get-em'" attitude coming into the session. With all of the expectations, paperwork and responsibilities of todays educators, it's less likely for that concept or tool to stick with them unless they begin the application process and have time to think through or practice with the facilitator around. Unfortunately I've even found that with some practice time, it doesn't always guarantee that application once they get back to their education settings, but the chances are much higher with that practice. 

Another point brought out in the blog post mentioned the fact that we as teachers tend to do the same thing with our students, "lecture style" or "sage on the stage" is a new buzzword that I've heard a lot lately as well. We cannot expect our students to sit and get and be able to apply the knowledge that we teach them without that application. The old saying "in one ear, out the other" is how I like to think of it. 

Another point that I consider as I reread this article, is the idea of "experts" who present. Teachers want to learn from "experts" in their respective fields, but it is also important to consider how those presenters present themselves in sessions. As I've talked with various people as I start to enter this new world of independent consulting, one thing that I hope to keep as I build my brand and representation of myself is the idea of being personable. Yes, there are so many new and talented individuals out there who are making a name for themselves in the education world, so many that I can think of especially in the edtech bubble, that are openminded, personable and easy to reach out to for support. Teachers value those experiences and relationships and the fact that those "expert" individuals are relatable. Through my experiences thus far, those most trusted individuals in this field are those who make themselves available for questions, are willing to offer support and advice to anyone no matter who you are or what your role is. Relationship building is a quality that I do not take lightly in others, and I believe that it takes you a long way. Teachers are ready to get down to the "nitty gritty" and get their "hands dirty" with the content and new ideas. They want to really dig deep during trainings and conference sessions, so trainers and presenters, give them that opportunity to learn and grow alongside you and take back those skills to apply in their classroom! 

Click the link here- view the original blog post by Adrian Segar. 

*The thoughts expressed in this blog are my own. They relate to my experiences thus far in the education field. I believe everyone has the right to their own opinion on these topics, feel free to share yours. I love learning different perspectives and opinions to help me have an understanding of all sides of the story. 

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