Relating learning to our own experiences

Next time you teach something, ask your learners how they personally relate to what they’ve just learned. They can vocalize their connections or write them down. This approach is helpful on multiple levels:

Firstly, when you hear how your learners are connecting the lesson to their experiences, you’ll get a chance to verify that they are interpreting the lesson in the ways you wanted them to. If they are, awesome! If they aren’t, now you know and can do something about it.

Secondly, making a connection to the material will help your learners reflect on what they learned in an engaging way (we tend to enjoy thinking about ourselves) that creates a personal connection between themselves and the lesson. This will make the learning experience more memorable and help it stick.

I hope this helps!


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