Using the 85% Rule of Facilitation
Congratulations to all of the educators who have begun the shift from the narcissistic instructor-centered teaching style to a proven practice that acknowledges the experiential and cognitive worth of students, individually and collectively. For instructors and leaders to truly effect change, they must begin with the outcome-based goal of teaching; to transfer knowledge, skills, and attitudes (KSA) accomplished by utilizing the science of how people learn. The instructional concept of the “Eighty-Five Percent Rule” is offered as a means to that end. Simply put, an accomplished facilitator should be able to extract 85% of the course content directly from the students by asking questions that stimulate deep critical thinking and foster dynamic discussion and reasoning. Additional questioning using the Socratic Method more deeply instill student understanding. (Publication Pending)
A Principle to Live By
A common belief held by top athletes is that they always have room for improvement. They shun the notion that “they have arrived.” This compels them to aggressively challenge themselves in the relentless pursuit of improved performance. They often pay exorbitant amounts of money to specialized coaches who nit-pick their slightest flaw. They actually pay to be criticized.
Paying someone to criticize your work might seem like a sure way to destroy your confidence and motivation. But when we carefully examine this approach we realize that it actually increases confidence and motivation over time. It’s called “The Principle of Improvement.”It is a way of conducting every aspect of your life with an honest, evaluating look inward. It is coming to grips with the fact that there is always a better way, that there will always be someone better than you, if not today then sometime in the future – all records will be broken. [Continue Reading]