“Look at every path closely and deliberately, then ask ourselves this crucial question: Does this path have a heart? If it does, then the path is good. If it doesn't, it is of no use.” ~Carlos Castaneda

Monday, November 5, 2007

When does the educator learn to teach?

This week I am away from my practice at the Orthopaedic educators course. The obvious reason that I am here is because I am trying to become a better educator. I am not sure what I expected to get out of the program, but I figured it would help improve me as an educator. After I got settled in the room with a number of other educators (young and old), a question came to mind. When do we as orthopaedic surgeons learn how to teach?

It was an interesting question that I asked myself. Looking back at residency, we are immediately placed in situations where we are supposed to be teaching/educating both medical students and junior residents. We are given this task without any clue on how to educate.

I am now in a room filled with people who are interested in the how of education; how do we teach the information so that the learner will learn and retain the information. We all have our biases about what is important and what is not. The tools and techniques that we all yous are slightly and sometimes vastly different. Our common purpose is to be better teaching our learners.

As the week progresses, I will try to convey some of the information I learn.


Chrysalis said...

This sounds interesting. I hope you'll enjoy some of your time there.

It is interesting, being that people learn differently; one may be an auditory learner and another a visual learner. I worked for a doctor that said Teach, show, do. I think most people need to learn that way. Your taught it, then it's modeled for you by the teacher, and then the student needs hands on experience.

Anonymous said...

The best teachers have a passion for their subject. They also seem to be alert to learn as they teach. No techniques or personality assessments can make up for lack of love for one's work.

make mine trauma said...

Looking forward to some future posts on the subject. I love to teach, something I discovered when training new surg techs, but at times I felt like I was using a lot of words and not saying anything. I have one great success story that I mentored and I am very proud of him. I believe that he learned so well from me because his method of learning is the same as mine, ie. visual/tactile.