7 Laws of the Teacher

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7 Laws of the Teacher

by Howard Hendricks


    • Law of Teacher
  • Teacher is coach and doesn’t play but teaches students to play
  • Teaching is both a science and an art
  • Knowledge is proud because knows so much, wisdom is humble because knows so little
    • Law of Education
  • Key to education is not what you do but what the students do
  • If you want to change someone, change their thinking, not their appearance.
  • In parable of sower, only one difference: the sower is the same, the seed is the same, only the soil is different – its what people hear and do.
  • You can not prohibit without providing – give opportunities
    • Law of Activity
  • Maximum learning is a result of maximum invovlement
  • Teaching is not an end but a means to an end
  • I hear & forget; I see and remember; I do and understand
    • You remember up to 10% of what you hear
    • You remember up to 50% of what you hear and see
    • You remember up to 90% of what you hear, see and do.
    • Law of Communication
  • Test of communication is not what I’m feeling and saying, but what they are feeling and understanding
  • Purpose of communication is not to impress, its to imporat; not to simply convince, its to change.
  • Provide direction, not dictatorship
  • You test your teaching by seeing what student is doing.
    • Law of Heart
  • Teaching that impacts is not head to head, but heart to heart.
    • Law of Encouragement
  • Someone’s M-Q (motivation-Q) is more important than their I-Q
  • As a teacher, I can only work on the outside of them, I cannot work on the inside of them – so I must motivate them.
  • Motivation is very important – many people do not do something just because they are not motivated. We can guilt people into things for a while and they do what is asked, but after a while, they will only do what they are motivated to do.
  • When was the last time you challenged someone?
  • Simply telling the student you believe in them
  • You motivate a person when you
  • Create a Need – everyone has needs, maybe just not aware of them, so the teacher must show them.
  • By developing responsibility with accountability
    • more you put into something, the more you appreciate it
    • The US spends millions of dollars on an airplane and puts it into a young person to fly it – and when young person comes to church we don’t let them do anything.
  • By structuring experience – what is process of training people:
    • Telling stage – need to hear it
    • Showing stage – need to see it
    • Doing stage – need to hear, see and do it, but under supervision.
  • Everyone can be motivated – but you first must be motivated yourself
    • Law of Readiness
  • When student and teacher are readily prepared, more will be done.
  • Learning is most effective when the student is adequately prepared
  • If you come into the class asking about their lives, you will get more out of them contrary to just teaching


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