Hammering Away At the Problem …

Forge“A teacher who is attempting to teach without inspiring the pupil with a desire to learn is hammering on cold iron.”

Horace Mann

I think what Mann is trying to say here is that when we are attempting to help someone else’s learning, we need to do more than just tell them what to do or show them how to do it.

The person who has a desire to learn is open and malleable … and when you are learning, those are very good characteristics.

We can motivate someone to value learning in different ways, but it usually boils down to motivation.  Theirs, not ours.

So think about what will motivate the learner, whether they are a student, a worker, or a colleague.  Ask questions.  Listen and watch.  

Hammer and Nail

Learn about those you would help.

Otherwise, things may not go so well … at least for the nail.

Trying to get it right in the Heartland ….



1 thought on “Hammering Away At the Problem …

  1. As a person whose goal is to create online learning materials from now till her last breath, this is definitely a goal I need to be able to excel at, Being able to inspire learners, especially those who are not learning receptive.


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