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April 26, 2017

The Teachers Lament

I do love teaching.

The joy of transferring knowledge to other people, and seeing the light of empowerment that flickers on, when an idea or concept finally hits the synapses of the pupil, is one of the most rewarding experiences ever.

Getting there however, can sometimes be a hurdle. Particularly when trying to teach people who just don’t seem to have the knack.

As an educator, your first tactic is almost always a Sherlockian series of obvious and deliberate line of questioning to try and lead your subject to the end goal, without telling them explicitly  how to get there.

Failing that, the next step is reasoning. Reasoning with their logic centres, to try and stimulate some form of cognitive response.

If all else fails, there is always despair.

That’s where I’m at right now. Teaching a teenage girl to blog. You heard me. In the year 2017, I’m teaching a digital native, how to use a technology that’s younger than her.

I know, right? The youths of today are comfortable with their snaps tweets and live streams, but the format of long form content makes them feel uncomfortable and out of place.

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