Finding opportunities to teach to learn

If you want to learn something, put in effort to teach it well. Good teaching deals with taking facts, knowledge and procedures and condensing them into mental models.

And, that process of synthesizing knowledge into mental models that drive action is exactly how learning is done.

But, where can you find a willing student? It turns out that you don’t need a willing student at a desk to learn how to teach. Here are a few ideas –

  • Write a great training manual for your next hire and share it for feedback
  • Put your thoughts down on a blog
  • Create a training program or improve an existing one
  • Explain it to your dog or a wall

At some point, all this practice will actually make you a good teacher. When that happens, willing students will find you.

But, as you probably have guessed, that is the just the by product of a good process.