The school … A venerable institution, populated by teachers of all kinds. From the friendly Spanish teacher to the severe teacher giving hours of exams and exams: whether or not their learning method was appreciated, they all marked us. Let’s find the practices of the Mr. & Mrs. Intel that we faced and that we must (or not) reproduce as a trainer.
1 The “friendly” teacher :
The buddy teacher overflows with a touching naivety and good attention. For him, pedagogy rhymes with friend-friend. He tutored his students and did not miss an opportunity to take them on a mop. Obviously, the trip to the park is not a camouflaged walk: no, it’s an opportunity to discover the local flora and fauna. He fervently defends all students on the class council.
To take: The proximity. This type of teacher breaks down the barriers, and that’s what you need to do with your learners. They must feel comfortable, inclined to ask questions, willing to take an active part in the training.
To leave : Too much proximity. Beware of the flip side … You are the trainer, they are the trained ones. You have to be oriented both to the trainees and to the content, it’s about finding the middle ground. Otherwise, there is a risk of letting go and losing the objectives of the internship.
2 The Strict teacher :
He is the most feared guru of the students. His class is not a part of fun, and it is spent with the ball in the stomach. Finally, one must be part of it: its fatal weapon against students is exclusion. The pupils are dismissed for various pretexts which, according to him, hinder the educational progress of the course. His uncompromising method of teaching: order and discipline. Beware of scathing remarks and lamentable notes … According to him, making you feel lower than the earth can only help you rise for the future.
To take: The methodology. It is rigorous and flawless. You can learn from them to produce clear and precise content and articulate the steps of the training.
To leave: The overflow of directivity. This teacher is focused on the knowledge he has to inculcate, and expects his students to integrate everything. As a trainer, you need to be flexible, get high on the training, put yourself in the learners’ shoes. You must not seek to pass on your knowledge at all costs, but to get trained people to take ownership of it. Otherwise, you risk creating a climate of authoritarianism that is not conducive to learning.
3 The crazy teacher :
This teacher is really weird. He tells all kinds of anecdotes, wackier than the others. We sometimes wonder even if it’s true because he seems to have seen everything and done everything. Not a course passes without it being extravagant, so that it is sometimes difficult to follow the path of his mind. On the other hand, it gives us a flow of diverse knowledge and our general culture is enriched.
To take: The living content. The anecdotes of this teacher help to maintain attention. You can also place some, but always sparingly.
To leave: The dispersion. The zany professor is in his own world and this one does not necessarily coincide with reality. As a trainer, you need to keep your feet on the ground, be clear, get straight to the point. Going into trivial details could undermine the training and learning of learners.
4 The teacher who does not like doing the teacher :
This teacher is undoubtedly the worst of phenomena. He screams fraud when his students pump on Wikipedia but download all his courses on the Internet. He found the perfect solution for not working: letting students take classes in his place with lectures. And do not even know their first name.
To take: The autonomy. With this teacher, students become (almost) responsible. A good pedagogue lets his learners build their knowledge and make sense of it. The trainer is no longer just the holder of pre-established knowledge: he facilitates learning by acting as an interface between training content and practice.
To leave: The lack of follow-up. This method should not be applied to each sequence. We must ensure a balance between theory and practice, and offer comprehensive and individual support. If you give a job to your learners, make sure they understand the exercise. Guess what they do not tell you, know how to read in their eyes that do not deceive.
5 The beloved teacher :
Attention, who says “loved”, does not necessarily say the teacher who we have already spoken. The beloved teacher can be somewhere between the prof friendly and the strict teacher. Remember these incredibly empathic teachers, who made us adulate their material, even the most barbaric.
To take: everything. You are loved, you are not going to be difficult.
To leave: The number of pretty learners left on a piece of paper. It’s about staying pro, so much love does not have to go to your head.