Teaching others is one of the most rewarding things you can do and you learn a lot from it. In the last few months I have had the privilege of teaching to a variety of backgrounds about the art of data. Here you find my five biggest lessons learned.
1. Put yourself in their shoes
One of the advantages of still being a student is that you know how they think. Students highly appreciate it if you speak their language.
Don’t get me wrong here: you should always keep it professional. That doesn’t mean, however, you can’t create a positive and stimulating classroom environment.
2. Giving feedback is powerful
Feedback is not only important but also very powerful. A poor grade without any explanation is like getting a speed ticket without a photo.
Mistakes are oftentimes highlighted while understanding remains underexposed. I think we should challenge this idea and celebrate the triumphs in just the same way.
3. Peer reviews are great (but be careful!)
While feedback is essential for learning, it is also very time consuming to give. That’s why peer reviews can be a great additional source of feedback. One format that works well is tops & tips.
It’s a different question, however, whether you should allow students to grade each other’s work..
4. If you are excited, they will be too
In the eyes of students you are a role model. They think you know the answer to each and every single question (although you obviously do not).
5. Create a 21st century classroom
Admittedly, there is tremendous opportunity to better integrate technology in our current education system. Not only do students love it if you do, it saves you time too.
Learning never ends
After the summer break I’ll be back in the classroom. As a student again. But that doesn’t mean my teaching ends.
Teaching has been a fantastic learning experience and it will always be.