The following blog post was written by Kelty Christensen, Learner Engagement Officer at the School of Global Access.
Students most often become involved with the Teach your Talent program with the goal of improving their presentation and public speaking skills. What they don’t anticipate, but gain, is a deeper understanding of their talent and the process that has to take place in order to teach it.
Teaching a talent involves the process of learning a task and then breaking it down into smaller, manageable steps. Learning a task can take place passively or unconsciously. Actively learning that task takes place when there is a need to explain it to others, to answer the questions that aren’t really thought about. Students reflect on not only the “how “to do something, but the “why” it is done. It forces a greater understanding of something and it increases a deeper knowledge about the talent. When you teach something to someone you have to go through the process in your mind, take all of that information, sort it out, break it down, repackage and organize it in a way that someone else can understand. It might sound easy enough, but it is a skill, and one that students find very empowering to discover.
Teaching a talent encourages students to think critically and reflectively about their talent, and in doing so, it helps them to develop a well thought out workshop that engages their peers.
To find out about upcoming Teach your Talent workshops, visit our events page.