In previous posts you’ve heard me say that knowing your students is the key to being a great teacher! There better you understand their personal experiences, the more you will be able to tweak your teaching approaches to help them on their learning progress. Teaching isn’t about giving information; it is all about guiding your students to making connections between what they have experienced in their lives and what they encounter in the world. It’s about empowering them to develop understanding.

This isn’t only related to teaching/learning paradigms; it also relates to management and social paradigms as well. This course is aimed at management and online training, and it is entirely applicable to classroom teaching philosophies. The greatest point in my view was that it gave a clear message about how a teacher’s success rates to knowledge of their students.

Course Description: “Communication is a complex art. Listening, making oneself understood, and persuasion are all elements of what it means to communicate effectively. Great communicators must master these skills and apply them strategically, depending on what they’re trying to achieve in a given context. You might use the art of narrative storytelling to get your team excited about a project. In a negotiation, you might deliberately signal a willingness to walk away in order to prompt the other side to action. Or if your goal is to understand the ideas and intentions of a new colleague, you might ask a series of sincere, open-ended questions. This course is designed to prepare you for all of these situations and more, offering tips, strategies, and broad observations from professional communicators in many different roles—from an award-winning actor, to an FBI hostage negotiator, to an astronaut on the International Space Station. Note: Some videos assume a group of learners is available for team activities and discussions. Please use what’s useful and feel free to adapt the lessons to your particular circumstances. This course includes videos from: Alan Alda, Emmy-winning actor, writer, and director Nancy Duarte, communication expert Jeffrey Wright, Tony-winning actor from Angels in America Chris Voss, lead negotiator for the Federal Bureau of Investigation Colonel Chris Hadfield, Canadian astronaut Note: This course was produced by Big Think. We are pleased to host this content in our library.”

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