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What are your recommended teaching tips?


Hi everyone,

Some people say, teaching is one of the best ways to learn something properly. Do you agree? In parallel to Claire's study tips thread, how about also sharing some teaching tips? What do you think makes a teacher or a course great? Separating them from any ordinary ones?

Looking forward to hearing your comments.

Thank you.

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I've changed this post from Question type to Discussion type. Question topic types are intended for questions with one right or best answer. This seems like a much more open-ended discussion topic - one with lots of good answers.
A good teacher is someone who doesn’t just know and love the subject but someone who is able to break it down into teachable parts. Many famous people in their fields aren’t good teachers. The subject comes so easily that they have difficulty understanding what others need to learn it. The best teachers are often those who struggled to learn something and had to come up with strategies to help them. They also will have empathy for struggling students with lots of patience to help.
Thank you @Judith for your response. Yes, I do agree "The best teachers are often those who struggled to learn something and had to come up with strategies to help them. They also will have empathy for struggling students with lots of patience to help."

Having said that if someone really knows their subject so well, even if it comes to them easily, I think they would know how to explain it properly too, to teach all the nitty gritty details needed to help them to solve problems. At times, I had teachers who did not know why they did particular action while solving a problem. When asked, their reply was "you just do..."

I think when we are learning something, it's so important to understand why we do certain things, by asking questions every step of the way, so that we really grasp the concept and we can teach others effectively too. What do you and others think?
Yes, @Denise , asking questions is so important. Sometimes it’s not easy to formulate questions when you feel overwhelmed by your lack of comprehension. You just don’t know where to begin.
For people who things come easily to, they often skip steps. Take an artist. They can look at a vase and make it look e dimensional. I have nomidea how to do that. They can see where the light hits it to achieve this. I would have to study this and have others show me. But once I did, I would understand how I did this and be more effective teaching it.
Yes, that is so true @Judith . I think the availability of the teacher is also very important for that reason. A student may not be able to formulate questions just at that moment of teaching but later on when they think about the subject, it would be great for them to be able to go back and manage to ask -with the hope that the teacher won't turn them down, instead would encourage them for questions.

Any more tips?
Hi everyone, just to let you know that @Liz also started a relevant thread to this topic here: https://coursera.community/data-science-8/what-tips-do-you-have-for-explaining-complex-ideas-to-people-with-no-knowledge-of-the-domain-125/index1.html#post695 if you wish to review.
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Denise wrote:

Hi everyone, just to let you know that @Liz also started a relevant thread to this topic here: https://coursera.community/data-science-8/what-tips-do-you-have-for-explaining-complex-ideas-to-people-with-no-knowledge-of-the-domain-125/index1.html#post695 if you wish to review.



@Denise @Liz Will definitely look at it and if possible contribute. There are other topics active as well. With new members joining, there will be more discussions I guess.
I agree @Mohammad Sameer Hasan , forums will be a lot more active soon once they make the more official announcement. Already over 170 members and still counting! It’s wonderful!

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