We remember

10% of what we are reading

20% of what we hear

30% of what we see

50% of what we hear AND see

70 % of what we discuss

80 % of what we experience

95 % of what we teach others

William Glasser (American Psychiatrist)

So how do we teach?

Ideas about teaching

Teaching is an art. Often we forget that most people do not learn by sitting and listening. We all need to use many senses and also try and practice what we learn. Following are some ideas to make your teaching more interactive and reflecting.

Some questions I need to ask myself before teaching:

What do I want the participants to remember? List three things, and do not expect them to remember more than those.

What emotions do I want the participants to have when they leave my teaching?

What is my goal with my teaching?

To bring in safety, joy and empowerment into the group.

To learn we need to feel happy and safe. The emotion I as a teacher bring into the room will be the emotion that the participants will receive.

As humans we have four big needs, and they are true also for the learning situation:

  • Love – to belong
  • Joy
  • Freedom – to do it my own way
  • Power – to feel competent

What can I do to make the participants feel safe?

What can I do to share joy?

How can I help the participants to experience the power in meeting and sharing?

How can I make the participants feel that their experiences and questions are important?


Most people can focus for about seven minutes. Then I need to bring in some kind of interaction in the teaching.

Therefor I need to spend as much time to prepare HOW to teach as WHAT to teach.

By discussing, reflecting, sharing and teaching one another everyone will be more active and will remember much more. As a teacher it is helpful to have some good questions to use, actually good questions are more important than good answers! If the teacher has good questions the participants will most often have good answers!

If participants are allowed to find the answers themselves, it is more alike that the answers will be important to them. If we tell people what to do, they will probably not do it. But if we let them discover on their own, they will live what they have came up with.

Good questions

Have you sometime experienced something similar?

How does it feel in a situation like that?

What are the options in such a situation?

If you do like this, what would the difference be in your life?

What do you need to use what you have learned?

It is a good idea to break down in groups of 2-4 people, but not for longer time than like seven minutes. Then gather the group again, and let every small group briefly share on thins they have been talking about.

In the end it is good to ask:

What was the best today?

What is it you would like to tell anyone about what we have been talking about today?

What do you want to try when you come home?

To let participants experience

By drama, drawing or imagination help the participants to experience what you are talking about. Drama also gives a wonderful way to practice what you have learned.

If it doesn´t work

There can be many reasons that group does not follow you. Sometimes it´s good to just ask the group what´s going on. Other ideas are to:

To something else.

Take a break.

Ask a question that they can talk about in groups.

Activate, invite to some kind of movement.

Give time for reflection.

Give myself time to reflect over what´s going on.

Play a game.

The most important is that you as a leader have a fun time – then the group will have fun as well!

Ulrika Ernvik