At the grocery store... at the gym... online…in school…on a professional level … the list could go on and on.
However, consider this about how "We Learn" in life and in the classroom:
10 % of what we read.
20% of what we hear.
30% of what we see.
50% of what we see and hear.
70% of what we discuss.
80% of what we experience personally.
95% of what we teach someone else.
Why is this chart so significant, then?
Well, as I said, transactions are needed in everyday life. Most occur above the line in the chart above. All of those are definitely higher than 0% … correct? Therefore, they are certainly needed.
As a teacher, you need to make the most out of your limited time that you have with your students. If you spend most of your time in 'transaction mode"… then you will get some good to average results.
However, if you just modify a few things in your daily routine to be "below the line", or just tweak a few of your lessons to be more relational … then you should notice some significant results. Positive results.
It's all about choices, and I try to choose for most of my lessons to have characteristics that are discussion based, experience oriented, and opportunities for peer teaching.
I also know that my students have choices, too.
I certainly can't force them to learn what I'm teaching.
When I teach "below the line"… their choices of how much (and what) they learn can be very worthwhile.
They also have a feeling of empowerment while they are learning.
Wouldn't you want that, too?