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Shine a light on learning

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Most of us can recall a favorite teacher from school. But what makes certain teachers stand out?

May 3 to 7 is Teacher Appreciation Week. That’s a good time to reflect on quality teaching and look for ways to facilitate “knowledge transfer” within your organization.

Effective teachers take joy in planting seeds of curiosity in their students.

Similarly, you want to stoke your employees’ curiosity about why the business operates in certain ways and how it can improve.

At staff meetings, explain what constitutes best practices. Ask lots of “why” questions: Why do we do things a certain way? Why does this process require certain steps? Why change?

Encourage employees to argue for change or for streamlining a process. You want to foster a vibrant exchange of ideas. That’s the basis for active learning.

You might also ask employees to share remembrances of their favorite teachers from elementary or high school. By isolating examples of how a dedicated teacher helped them learn, they can inspire each other to apply similar techniques to raise the level of skill mastery in your workplace.

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