Lessons from Chemistry

November 17, 2008 — Leave a comment

Many of you who have attended my workshops or presentations have heard me talk about my homeschooling experiences.  Having completed the first half of high-school chemistry with my three oldest, here is what I have learned:

1. Age or tenure is not a measure of competency – I have three children taking this class.  Only one is officially in the “High-school” Chemistry age group.

2. Those who aren’t asking questions aren’t learning.

3. Memorizing without understanding results in short term recall at best.  This cannot be applied to real-life situations.

4. If the instructor isn’t learning more than the students, a new instructor is needed.

5. If the students are failing, a new tact of teaching is required.

6. Pontificating about any subject is of little value to anyone – rather it’s a demonstration of arrogance.

7. If the listeners appear to be bored…they are.

How can we learn from this when addressing those that we lead or sell to?

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