Common Default Styles of Teaching Copy

To be powerful as a teacher, you must consider how you relate to your students. Many instructors have a default teaching style, developed as a winning strategy, a way to get it right and be successful. Consider this default teaching style is limiting your ability to connect with and elevate your class participants.

The default is automatic, unconsidered, and not present. The teacher is scripted. Teaching from a default leaves no opportunity to see what is missing and, from there, offer something new that will make a difference right now in the present moment. The default is limiting for the participants in the class and is the habit of the teacher. Defaults disempower the teacher and the student. You might see yourself inside of one of these styles!

View the video, Common Default Styles of Teaching, and record your response to the following question series in your journal. When answering, set a timer for 10 minutes. Though you might feel complete with the answer after a lesser amount of time, stay with it. Ask the questions again, allowing yourself to see something new as you stay with the question. Finally, share your answers in the chat feature of this section of the course. Revisit the course and its chat, again and again, to receive new insights as you learn from the sharing of others completing the course.

1). Do you notice a style that you relate to, or was there one that left you with a sense of dis-ease, uncomfortable? Is there another type of style, not mentioned, you see as your style of teaching?

Describe your common default style of teaching and make two lists: 

  • What works when using my common default style of teaching?
  • What is missing when leading from my common default style of teaching?
  • If you were to put in and start practicing what you see is missing in your current way of instructing, what would be possible for people in your classes? How could your teaching grow, improve, or be empowered?

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