Lifetime of learning
This month’s T-SQL Tuesday #008 “Gettin’ Schooled” is being hosted by Robert Davis [Twitter | Blog] and the topic is on learning and teaching, which can be found here. Great topic and I can’t wait to read other people’s blogs on the subject.
How do you learn and what am I learning?
I am a hands-on learner. I need to read it, touch it, and test it, (smell it and taste it) to get a good understanding of it. I generally start by reading an article, then step through the process, and finally test the process to get a better understanding. My favorite types of blogs are those who are very detailed and step through the process.
I am currently studying for my Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Implementation and Maintenance (70-431) exam. This process has been very challenging and rewarding for me. I am learning new aspects of the software that I have not used in my current position, like service broker and end points to name a few. For my studying I purchased Wiley’s Microsoft Office Academic Course (MOAC) book and I love how it is arranged. It does a great job explaining the topic and then goes into a great detailed lab that details the steps of the task.
How do you teach?
I did some teaching at my previous job. I taught a 5 day admin course on the ERP software that the company developed and did several conference style sessions. The classes were generally small with on average of 6-10 people and the conference sessions could range from 15-30. This was a huge challenge for me because I am generally a shy person and getting out in front of people presenting was really terrifying. I tend to be a very technical person and this was my style of teaching. I tried to give technical information in a way that was easy to understand and follow that up with hands-on labs that helped put what you learned to practice. With more practice I think that I could be a better speaker and I may look into that in the near future.
What is successful teaching?
I think that successful teaching has to have content that is delivered in a fashion that the person being taught can understand it, remember it, and be entertained in the process. I am not a big fan in which the instructor is reading the information from a book or slide deck. I don’t get anything from it and I can do that on my own.
I think that we all something that we can teach each other and learning, well it takes a lifetime.
I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it.
Thanks Robert for the great topic. Look forward to next months T-SQL topic.