A teacher has to be brief

I read this quote, the title of this post, long long ago. This is very true. For better learning, it is essential that a teacher starts with the bare minimum knowledge and then gradually builds upon it. If you, as a teacher, try to cover all possible things when teaching, you are just confusing the learner.

This incremental way of teaching is not easy with books. Books are meant to be comprehensive and often are. Though there are techniques to learn incrementally from books (like skim reading first) but probalby not every student/learner knows how to apply these techniques. So few people learn confidently from books.

The fact that really good books are not always available for every subject and really good teachers are also in short supply makes learning a difficult thing in many situations.

Fortunately Internet video solves this problem to great extent. It is possible to start with minimum information in your first lecture and then build upon it in the next one. Khan Academy is one big example. Inspired from this mega project delivered by an individual, there will be many collections of video lectures on every possible subject in the future.

Let us get started.

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4 Comments Add yours

  1. Dear Mr. Saqib,
    God Bless You, you are doing a wonderful job w.r.t encouraging people to improve their reading habits. I shall extend all support in this respect, if required.
    With Profound Regards.

  2. Osman Safdar says:

    I agree with the title, a teacher has to be brief, and this is most important in the first series of lectures. As a student, I feel the first series of lectures are an opportunity for the teacher to grab the student’s interest and attention and make the subject more likable. Though I am not sure how many teachers would agree with this!

  3. Waqas Ali says:

    Armaghan, totally agree with you on this. Being a student, I just hate to be imposed by so called TEXT.

    The art of the teaching is to present complex ideas in a simple way, which should be further elaborating them in their own ways. 😉

  4. Thanks friends for comments.

    @Rasheed Hayat, Thanks for your compliments. I would love to see you soon.

    @Osman Safdar, @Waqas Ali. Simplifying and being brief requires to be reasonably expert in your field so that you know what to pay attention to and what to ignore. That is unfortunately not the case with many teachers.

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