Thoughts on Teaching

Tue Dec 06 2016 08:30:52 GMT+0000 (UTC)

General thoughts on teaching

Teaching is more than speaking. To teach means to pass on our knowledge about a subject to our audience, who might have less experience than us, in a way they can understand. The italicized part of the previous sentence is crucial: simply talking about a subject is not enough; we must talk about it in a way that makes sense to our audience. Audiences have different amount of experience in a subject so an explanation that might be clear for one audience can be confusing to another. As a result, to clearly communicate our knowledge, we adapt our teaching style to suit the degree of prior experience our audience has on the subject.