I loved teachers who made things easy. Not the ones who didn’t give homework, but the ones who made learning seem like something I could do – something that was, well, easy. It wasn’t until I started teaching that I realized how hard my former teachers must have worked to make learning look and feel like something we could all attain.
Our team is reading “The Art of Explanation” by Lee Lefever right now, and I wish I had read this as a teacher. In pictures and videos, Lefever boils down how to share an idea so that others get it easily. He explains why learner confidence is so important, and it might not be what you think. Lefever is the “Chief Explainer” of Common Craft; a pretty remarkable company known creating videos that help get across a message. Check out their videos here.
So what’s the quick take away? First, read the book. You can buy it here. I think you’ll love it. Second, check out the Common Craft videos and think about how your students could make something similar. (I tried it, and I had a pretty fun video in less than an hour – just using my phone.)
Disclaimer – This isn’t a paid advertisement, just one book-lover passing on a worn favorite to another.