Absolutely. If there was someone in the class that had experience that was relevant to the material, I did everything I could to engage them and get them to share as long as time permitted. I always told my students that it would be a learning experience for me as well, and it always was. I also emphasized that while I was the “factory guy” I wasn’t the absolute subject matter expert, nor did I claim to be.
-D > On Aug 13, 2019, at 10:42 PM, Curley McLain via Mercedes > <email@example.com> wrote: > > Yeah, I did that once or twice. Same silence, but the guy was compliant > after that. > > I think every class I taught about M$ network engineering had 1 or more in it > that knew things I didn't, and many knew command line or shortcuts I didn't. > I always tried to firgure out who they were and and get them to contribute > to the class and we had a lot of discussions about the fast way, the right > way, the wrong way and the M$ way. The other thing we did was put people in > teams, at which time we had no idea who had no experience and who could > probably teach the class. But usually the knowledgeable people became > engaged in teaching their partner, and often others. I encouraged this at > the first class and at random times through the class. I tried to position > myself as the guide on the side, and not the know it all leader. > > One thing about IT: There is nobody who knows everything. I learned stuff > in every class I taught. The most frustrating thing was when I ran through > the lab the night before,and everything worked perfectly; then M$ dropped a > patch overnight that broke the lab. So in the class, the lab would not > work. But I turned it into a troubleshooting experience and challenged the > class to figure out why it broke and what the fix or workaround was. Those > guys in the class that could probably teach it saved me every time. Once in > a while I had time to sit down and try to find the fix and actually found it > before the class did. > > Dan Penoff via Mercedes wrote on 8/13/19 6:52 PM: >> I finally got so irritated that I stopped the class after one of his >> questions where he challenged my knowledge. I walked over, reached out with >> the pointer/clicker I was using, and said, “Tommy, it’s clear that you must >> know far more than I do about our products, so why don’t you conduct the >> class for the rest of the day?” > > > _______________________________________ > http://www.okiebenz.com > > To search list archives http://www.okiebenz.com/archive/ > > To Unsubscribe or change delivery options go to: > http://mail.okiebenz.com/mailman/listinfo/mercedes_okiebenz.com > _______________________________________ http://www.okiebenz.com To search list archives http://www.okiebenz.com/archive/ To Unsubscribe or change delivery options go to: http://mail.okiebenz.com/mailman/listinfo/mercedes_okiebenz.com