7 Keys of Great Teaching
There are seven keys of successful leadership education, as outlined by Oliver Demille in the TJED book. Throughout history, great leaders, thinkers, and statesmen were educated utilizing these keys; when they are applied, learning occurs. When they are ignored or rejected, the quantity and quality of education decreases. Whatever the student’s individual interests or learning styles, these principles can apply.And whatever your role in education—home, public, private, higher education or corporate training—the application of any and eventually all of the 7 Keys will significantly improve your effectiveness and success. *See tjed.org
Classics not Textbooks
Great ideas are most effectively learned directly from the greatest thinkers, historians, artists, philosophers and prophets, and their original works. Great works inspire greatness!
Mentors not Professors
Mentoring is different than just standing in front of a class and presenting a lecture. A mentor finds out the student’s goals, interests, talents, weaknesses, strengths and purpose, and then helps him/her develop and carry out a plan to prepare for his/her unique mission.
Simple not Complex
Learning and mentoring is not complex. It is challenging, but not complicated. The more complex the curriculum, the more reliant the student becomes on experts.
Structure Time not Content
Great mentors help their students establish and follow a consistent schedule, but they don’t micromanage the content.
Inspire and then Require
There are really only two ways to teach—you can inspire the student to voluntarily and enthusiastically choose to do the hard work necessary to get a great education, or you can attempt to require it of them.
Great teachers and schools reward quality–quality work and quality performance. In late Scholar Phase and Depth Phase, anything less than high quality is not accepted by the mentor as a completed work; instead, the student is coached on how to improve it and sent back to work on it—over and over again until excellence is achieved.
Give serious focus to your education, create an environment where curiosity is activated, learning is facilitated and excellence is modeled, and invite them along for the ride.