The Most Powerful Question in Learning
If you’re in the craft of teaching, this is one of the most powerful questions you can ask.
Not only does it accelerate the speed of learning for your student.
It also saves you time by helping you IDENTIFY where the road blocks are.
Where is my learner struggling?
Where is my student confused?
Where am I failing as a teacher?
The truth is, sometimes the struggle of our learner can actually be because of how we are teaching them.
Can you imagine a world where your teaching time was reduced by half?
Can you imagine a world where you and your student aren’t scratching your heads, wondering why they just don’t get it?
Many times, a lot of frustration can be avoided by identifying where the learner has a knowledge gap – and addressing that specifically.
By asking this question, not only are you able to identify their knowledge gap, but you can also see whether they can TEACH other people.
Because if they’re ready to teach someone else, then you can be sure that they have a good understanding of the idea.
Whether it be movement or a topic, this question has universal applications.
And it won’t take you any longer than a few seconds.
It’s THAT easy to use.
When I started asking this question, I started to see just how powerful asking the right question was.
It was like turning on a light in a dark room, and the dark room was my brain.
Once I started asking this question, my headache with teaching disappeared.
But not only is this question useful for identifying knowledge gaps…
It also does something else spectacular.
By asking this question – your student is actually learning in the process of answering it.
That’s right. Your client is LEARNING when you ask this question.
You are killing two birds with one stone using this question.
What we have to remember as teachers is that we are presenting new and/or old information to our students, and asking them to organise it in a coherent way TO THEM.
This is not an easy task.
Sometimes as teachers, we are great at giving information.
But not so good at helping them organise it.
This one question will help you do exactly that.
Because it isn’t how much information you give that helps someone learn.
It’s how you help them organise it into something that MAKES SENSE.
When I realised this, the people I taught improved dramatically.
There were no more puzzled faces.
The questions died down.
They became more confident in their ability to learn.
So… what’s the question?
What’s this AMAZING question that can solve so many of your teaching problems?
Let me tell you what it is.
It’s so simple that it’s going to make you feel stupid.
In fact, I’m sure it’s probably going to piss you off a little.
And if you haven’t realised already, I’m purposely making you wait.
But I won’t make you wait any longer. I’ll tell you now.
Right after I show you my puppies.
The question is –
‘Hey… can you explain that back to me but imagine I’m 10 years old?’