The sharing of knowledge is a two-way street. Both the student and the teacher have to take responsibility for their parts in this process. Before a teacher can teach, the student must be willing to learn. But if the student who is willing to learn still does poorly in the subject matter after due diligence, then the teacher may have to review the way they share their knowledge.
The Responsibility of the Student
Before a teacher can share his knowledge with the student, the student must be willing to learn. The student must have the sincere desire to learn what the teacher has to teach. If the student is not sincere, then no matter what kind of effort the teacher makes, it will all be in vain.
The Responsibility of a Teacher
In Ancient China, a teacher for a day is equivalent to being a teacher for life. Such is the heavy responsibility of being a teacher. Teaching and the sharing of knowledge shapes lives in ways we cannot imagine. Thus, teachers need to ensure that students get the lessons right.
Guidelines for Sharing of Knowledge
I am no expert when it comes to the sharing of knowledge. But from my experiences, I have found the following points helpful.
Every student is unique. Before you can share your knowledge, you need to find out exactly how much they know. It would also be a good idea to have some idea of the way their mind works. Their nature, experiences and influences will affect the way you share your knowledge with them. These insights will help you to share your knowledge in a way that they will understand with greater receptivity.
Timing is vital to many areas of life and the sharing of knowledge is no exception. There are times when a student may not have the necessary foundation to grasp the knowledge he or she seeks. They may simply not be ready for the answer. Thus, even if they knew the answer, they may not be able to appreciate it. A good teacher is aware of timing and adapts the knowledge he shares accordingly.
The key to the sharing of knowledge is to make it understandable. The most profound of knowledge has little value if no one can understand it. When it comes to the sharing of knowledge, clarity is vital. The lesson must be as simple as possible and no more. It is ideal to tailor the lesson to the level of the students involved. The points themselves must be clear and precise with no ambiguity that may cause confusion. If your audience cannot understand it with ease, it may need further simplification to give it greater clarity.
4. Listening and Feedback
Finally, the most important part of the sharing of knowledge is feedback. Only through feedback will you be able to gauge how much the other person has absorbed and understood. Thus, it is vital to encourage questions and feedback during the sharing of knowledge. It is also important to test that the other person understands with questions of your own. From this, you will know if you should go on, slow down or stop. Each of us advance at our own pace, thus we need to tailor what we share according to the capacity of the other person.
What are your views and experiences with teaching and sharing of knowledge with others? How do you go about it? Are there any special methods you have that make it easier for others to understand? Do share your thoughts and comments below!