Don’t be afraid to repeat yourself in a lesson. Just don’t repeat yourself in the same way.
Much of what you teach passes through your students’ brains like water through sand. For that reason alone, some repetition is useful. It gives your material a fighting chance to be heard.
But there’s also a teaching opportunity that goes along with repetition, and this is the one that many people miss. That’s the opportunity to teach the same point a different way and thereby:
Simply saying the same point again, the exact same way, numbs the student to the content.
But when you push your imagination so you explain your key points in two or three different ways, you awaken the student to the content.
Remember the character of Phil Collins in the movie Groundhog Day? He gets a “do-over” every day until he gets his life right. Think of restating your key points as your chance for a lesson “do-over.” Be as willing as he was to do whatever it takes to break through to the desired result.
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