Wednesday, January 15, 2014

PARTICIPATIVE TEACHING STYLE

Tomorrow, after a long gap, I am going for a teaching assignment - I have been invited to deliver a lecture - to teach”.

But do I know how to teach”?

Before I go, I must tell myself this story:

THE ART OF TEACHING IN A NUTSHELL - PARTICIPATIVE TEACHING STYLE

Mulla Nasrudin was a teacher, but got bored of the repetitive routine.

One day at the beginning of his first class at the start of the new academic year, he asked his new pupils, “Do you know what I am about to teach you...?

“No,” they responded.

“Well then,” Nasrudin said, “Since you have not even bothered to find out what I am going to teach you and hence you do not have the prerequisite background information, there is no point in me trying to teach you.”

And with that statement, Nasrudin angrily walked out of the classroom.

The next day, he came to the class and asked the students, “Okay – do you know what I am going to teach you, or don’t you...?”

Thinking of the previous day and afraid to annoy him again, the students responded, “Yes, we know.”

“Well then,” Nasrudin replied, “if you already know what I am going to teach you, then there is no point in me telling you what you already know...”

And uttering those words, Nasrudin stormed out of the classroom.

On the next day, Nasrudin again came to the classroom and once again he asked the students, “Do you know what I am going to teach you, or don’t you...?”

The students, trying to play safe, replied, “Half of us do, and half of us don’t.”

“Wonderful. That’s fantastic,” Nasrudin exclaimed, “Now the half of you that know can please teach the other half of the class that don’t know... !”

And suddenly, without giving the dumbfounded students a chance to recover their wits, Nasrudin exultantly left the classroom with a flourish.

The subject was deemed to have been taught.

(Pun intended - I am going to a “deemed university where things are “deemed” to be taught)


Tell me, Dear Reader: Should I use this  “participative” teaching style?

VIKRAM KARVE
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