What Makes a Great Teacher?

I’d like to share an article by Michael Hyatt with you. It’s all about ‘coaching’, or ‘teaching’.

“There’s more to coaching than sharing your expertise. The way you communicate that expertise is as important as the knowledge itself.” – ‘A Tale of Two Coaches‘, Michael Hyatt

It’s an excellent article.

It got me to thinking: I’m thankful to have many good experiences with great teachers. My father, who has set an example for servant based leadership, my brother, who patiently encouraged me when I first began to develop software, my mother, who encouraged me greatly as she taught me throughout my homeschool experience, my piano teacher, who was patient and yet taught me complex hand movements… the list goes on. I am truly blessed by the teachers in my life.

On the other end of the spectrum, I have had experiences with experts who possess great knowledge, but were not as encouraging. Those are the areas where I learned less, despite my best efforts to emulate their expertise.

As it is said, ‘People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.’ (I couldn’t find a singular source for the origin of this quote: ‘Theodore Roosevelt’ and ‘John Maxwell’ both popped up in a Google search.)

I will continue to strive to be encouraging when relaying knowledge. I hope to help others love software development the way I do!