You Can’t Teach Anything Post author By jeff noel Post date February 25, 2010 2 Comments on You Can’t Teach Anything Everybody Loves To Learn You can’t teach a person anything, you can only help them discover it within themselves. By jeff noel Retired Disney Institute Keynote Speaker and Prolific Blogger. Five daily, differently-themed personal blogs (about life's 5 big choices) on five interconnected sites. View Archive → ← Evil Will Flourish If…. → Sea World Tragedy 2 replies on “You Can’t Teach Anything” Jeff, That’s why I like the technical term of facilitator. That gives the idea of setting up an environment where learning can occur. Amazingly, lots of people have a tendency to believe that teaching should be one-way, where the teacher pops open the students’ heads and imparts their knowledge on the students, closes their heads back, and sends them on their way “educated.” But it is a relationship, where by the interaction of the the students with the teacher (or the circumstance that acts as a catalyst) causes the students to think and learn. Now don’t get me wrong – training and development are my passion. And I am not throwing my passion out with the bathwater. But I understand that my best classes where I teach or train are the ones not where I stand and lecture, but where I get the students to interact with the topic. Bob Bob, your comments are always insightful. Our job is to get people to think for themselves. A friend once said, you don’t tell the audience the answers. I said, “That’s right. It’s called facilitation.” We facilitate the learning, not force feed it or lecture it. We facilitate it. The audience comes up with the answer, insight or epiphany. Comments are closed.