154 Ten Ways To Become A Better Teacher/Blogger

By Leslie Samuel | Blogging

Mar 12

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I spent last week in San Francisco, going through a training camp for creating video content for Khan Academy.

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Khan Academy

For me, this was one of those things that I never dreamed that I'd be doing and I consider myself blessed to have had that opportunity.

The truth is – a big part of my motivation for starting my biology blog was because I saw what they were doing.

Now here's the deal. I can't tell you when last I was EVER pushed and challenged as much as I was during that week.

Episode 154

10 Ways to Become a Better Teacher / Blogger

Being surrounded by bright minds and great thinkers really gives you a whole different perspective on changing the world. It makes you see (even more) that it IS possible.

One of the biggest takeaways I got from being there is that I need to constantly push myself to be a better teacher. This is something I would also like to encourage YOU to do.

But, I'm not just going to tell you to do it. I'm going to give you some guidance. Here are Ten tips I'm going to be using to help myself be a better teacher:

  • Don't assume your audience knows more than they do
  • Don't try to seem smart – Keep it Simple
  • Put yourself in your audience's position
  • Use simple stories to explain complex concepts – parables
  • Give lots of examples/case studies
  • Start with a plan
  • Push yourself to learn more
  • Have a clear end Goal
  • Create smaller goals based on that end goal
  • Get feedback from other experts and use it
  • BONUS TIP: Surround yourself with people who are doing awesome things

If you use these tips, you'd be surprised to see how much your teaching and blogging skills will improve over time.

I always like to say – if you want to change the world, start by changing yourself – Click Here To Tweet This

Lets do this!

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Learning With Leslie

Learning With Leslieย is a podcast dedicated to helping you build a business around a blog. No, not one of those blogs that will fall by the waysideย when Google has a mood swing, but one that will thrive no matter what gets thrown at it.

I share tips and strategies that Iโ€™ve learnt building blogs since 2008 and interview experts who are knowledgable about various aspects of blogging so that we can learn from their experiences.

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  • Marcus says:

    I will be applying these different ways in my posts. Teaching is the best way for bloggers to convey their messages to their audience. And we sometimes forget blogging is another form of teaching. Thanks for sharing. Enjoy your day.

  • Jeff Mesina says:

    Thank you for sharing! I love khan academy and am inspired to change the world through better teaching. Your enthusiasm is infectious ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • steveborgman says:

    Wow, Leslie, you must have had a draining yet exciting time. Stories are so important, from everything I’m reading about effective teaching. I’ll remember to apply this in my writing for my audience. I also like your challenge to get our own masterminds together.

  • Mary says:

    Thanks for this! And yes, you are a great teacher and appreciate how you continue to push yourself to grow. We are never really done improving, right? ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Chris Grace says:

    Wow! Must have been exciting Leslie! I’ve heard about Khan Academy, but never looked into it until now. As a teacher, I totally understand what you are saying, but you just really laid it all out for me! Yes Leslie, you are an awesome teacher!

  • rubel says:

    now i am satisfy to know about khan academy and you are great teacher, your content full of pride and inspired me.thanks for share with us.

  • Dave Doolin says:

    Leslie, glad you had a great time in our City By The Bay! I’m sure you’ll be back.

  • Jo Anderson says:

    I was so excited to leave you a review at
    iTunes. When I clicked View in iTunes, it took me to a page that said, you need
    to have iTunes. So I clicked on the button to Download iTunes, and I installed
    it. When I again clicked view in iTunes I was taken to the same page to
    download iTunes. Canโ€™t figure out what I am doing wrong and how to leave you a
    review there.

    • Sorry about that Jo. Thanks for being willing to leave the review. When you go to the page that it takes you to, click on “View In iTunes” and that’ll take you to the place where you can leave a review. I actually have a video in the sidebar here showing you how to leave a review. That should help.

      Thanks again ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Guest says:

    u are great teacher, thanks for helping us so much….

  • Sonia says:

    Great post Leslie and to the point. A great teacher of course draws the learning from the student. You’re right that the change starts with us. I like information that is succinct, clear and I can understand at first view. Guess that makes you a good teacher.

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  • The Beautiful Eagle's Blog says:

    Your right, change starts with ME:)

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