Advice on How to Teach Your Child

Nine year old Brittan approached his dad and asked him to teach him some techniques that would improve his running speed.  Recalling some unsuccessful experiences trying to coach Brittan on the piano, his dad responded that he knew some good techniques, but wasn’t sure that he knew how to teach Brittan.

Brittan responded, “No problem.  I’ll teach you how to teach me.  First, you get my attention.  Like you tell me about something I’m interested in like something about fish.  After you tell me a few things and you have my interest, then you say, “Hey!  You want me to show you some running techniques?”  You show me a few things, and when you can see that I’m not paying attention anymore, you do what my teacher does.  You say something funny to get my attention back and then you go on with the lesson.”