How to be a better teacher and be a smarter learner?
I think the answer is pretty simple, writes writer Emily Schreiber.
You can’t be both.
And if you’re not a good writer, you can’t teach the right things.
But there are ways to become more of a good teacher than a good student.
In fact, there are plenty of ways to be both, says Schreib.
Read on for the best of Schreber’s writing on how to be smarter, write better and teach better.
Write with a clear, concise outline.
When you’re writing a sentence, try to write it like you are outlining it.
Think about what you’re trying to say.
What is the point?
What is your point?
When you write with clarity, you’re less likely to overthink your words.
For instance, in the example below, you might write: I like to be able to go to bed early and not feel guilty about it.
I like my kids to get up early.
I love my husband to stay home.
When I see someone on a train, I look at him and think, “That’s who I want to be with.”
And if I have to go and buy a book for my kids, I’m OK with that.
When in doubt, write with clear-cut intent.
This can be a little tricky.
I don’t know if you can be as clear-headed as you think you can with a list of 100 ingredients.
That can be tricky.
When a person asks you for an answer, write “Yes.”
When someone asks you questions, write them the right way.
You want to have that clarity, and then you’ll be better able to write your words with the right intent.
Ask for feedback before you write.
If you don’t have an outline yet, don’t.
Just write something on paper and go from there.
If someone asks how you’re doing, you should be able with that answer to write a simple email to yourself.
If that’s not an option, ask someone else to write something for you.
And don’t give up.
The best teachers have lots of feedback.
The only time you’re going to stop is when you write the answer yourself.
(I’m not saying you can do that.
But if you do, it’ll give you a lot more insight.)
When it comes to writing, it’s all about timing.
When the writing starts, don.
Write something that feels like a paragraph.
If it feels like an essay, write one.
If something feels like your short story, write a chapter.
If the work is really intense, like a writing tutorial or a blog post, write something that will help you stay on track.
If writing is about getting feedback, it should be something you do once or twice a week, but it shouldn’t be a routine.
If this is your first time writing, get the feedback right away.
If your writing gets boring or too long, get back to the basics.
If there’s a question you can answer, it might be worth asking your student.
Keep a list.
When students ask you questions or if you ask for help, be very careful.
If they don’t understand what you are asking for, write it out.
If a student asks you something that you don´t understand, write that in the body of the email.
If students ask questions that you can write down, you’ll have a better idea of what they’re trying and what they want.
And when you ask a question that isn’t clear, ask for clarification.
For example, if you need to write down how much you paid for the books, write in the subject line, “How much did I pay?”
If you want to write about something you have a great interest in, like writing a blog or a book, write the subject “Writing blog.”
If you have an interest in the arts, write about writing, theater or painting.
When writing, don´ts want to sound too formal or too formal.
You should always feel comfortable with your style.
But be careful not to overdo it.
When someone wants to read your email, you need not feel embarrassed.
If I don´ t like what I write, I can edit it.
If people ask you to read their email, make sure they understand the intent.
If their email is a long one, it needs to be edited down.
It can feel overwhelming, but the best way to learn is to learn.
And that’s the best learning you can get.
If one thing bothers you, get in touch with your teacher and see if she can help.
If she’s willing to help, then you can learn more.
If not, then get in contact with your local teacher, student-training organization or teacher-in-training associations and find out what you can find out about them