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August 19, 2002

A matter of style

This week's class is rather small. There are less than 10 students. Luckily, I am a student, rather than an instructor. I've taught quite a few classes on a number of topics. This week, I get to sit back and watch how another instructor handles a small class.

I know I'm supposed to be learning the material. I've already looked over the course booklet and listened to the instructor (analyzing the presentation of the material). The material is a cake walk. It's pretty dry and straight-forward ... which makes for a tough class. We're all experienced and already working with the subject matter. We already know that when we are called upon to use this training, we'll be up to our eyeballs in regulations and paperwork. We already know that some of what we're *supposed* to do will be turned on its head by those with power and authority. All we're really learning is how to "do what you can with what you have" in the best way possible (and cover ourselves regarding liability).

So now we have to find ways to stay awake as the material is presented. The instructor is a lot of help in that area. He has devised games and other distractions to keep us alert and participating so that he can deliver the material between the grins. It's a good way to make a dry subject palatable.

Unfortunately, I found (in the previous week's training) that if my mind is not fully engaged, it will tend to wander. So, as I'm learning the material and participating in the games, I'm also watching him teach. I'm watching what material he presents and what material he glosses over. If you sit and think for a bit, you'll figure out a reason why slides get put in which category. It all makes sense, and is a very good lesson.

I'm learning much more than was intended.

Posted by BlueWolf on August 19, 2002 06:18 PM