to show significant improvement not only in knowledge retrieval but also level of understanding. However, the high cost of learning by teaching, and the inertia of traditional education has prevented it from being widely adopted. Finally, learning is a personal journey in which different techniques work for different people at different levels, so you should be self-aware and judge the efficacy for yourself.
I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand. — Confucius
Why should we adopt it?
This is what you’ll be doing as an engineer. A large part of working in a team is do things and tell people. This training method will strengthen this habits and mental muscle to help you not only survive but excel in your work.
You’ll learn how to take responsibility for your own learning. It’s your life, your career. It’s more important to you than any others.
Taking responsibility will let you take more active role in learning which will let you engage with the material deeper and activate your brain to not only absorb more information but also construct mental models and new knowledge.
There are many things that cannot be taught by teachers but can only be self-discovered.
Preparing to teach will make you examine your own understanding closer and
You’ll find ways to simplify and organize things for both your “students” and you.
Fun fact: some studies suggest that the fact that older siblings tend to have a higher IQ than their younger siblings can be attributed to the fact that the older siblings act as tutors in the family, at an age when they undergo significant cognitive development.
Expecting to teach will increase your motivation to learn :).
Teaching will improve your communication skills, especially the ability to deconstruct and explain knowledge and understand your audience.
This has been the Achilles' heel of engineers, especially the in-experienced ones
The fear of speaking is rooted from the fear of rejection, that someone will validate your insecurities and rebuff your advances
How can we say this visually?
Teaching will increased your confidence, which are feelings of competence and autonomy.
This is also the biggest weakness of new engineers
Showing your work will give people more chance to give you feedback and encouragement to further improve.
LbT focuses on you not the lectures.
It will create more teachable moments so we can see what exactly you need instead of going through a default list.
Teaching will increase your courage, which has become increasingly more important in a field where you have to constantly create new things as the old things are getting obsoleted or automated away.
It will also improve your planning and time management.
You cannot become a good leader without the ability to coach your team.
You learn better from someone closer to you terms of social and cognitive distance.
Once you know somethings, it’s hard to imagine not knowing it.
It build relationships and connections.
It improves your perseverance to do hard things and resiliency to recover from mistakes.
In the end, it’s not what you read, hear or see, it’s what you can remember, retrieve and apply that matter.
Teaching is not a job. It's a lifestyle. It permeates your whole life. - Jill Biden
What is the catch?
It’s hard. One reason why LbT is not more popular because it demands a great deal of preparation, mental work and courage. You’ll do most of the work, which we think how education should be: an assisted self-discovery process.
One possible thing to discover is if you can or should pursuit a career in tech. Even if the result is negative it’s way better to know it as soon as possible. Is it better to know if you’re fire-proof before jumping into a fire?
It’s unpredictable. Different people will need to be taught different things depends on what they need. As the result we don’t know beforehand what we will teach and prepare. There is always a possibility that we’re not the best people to teach you those specific things.
It depends on you. You can get help from anyone, and can use other students’ code from previous class. It’s up to you to decide what and how much you want to or not to learn.
Teaching was the hardest work I had ever done, and it remains the hardest work I have done to date. — Ann Richards
How will we do it?
Students receive a homework and their group assignment after class
group assignment include the list or teams and their order
a team may include 1 or more students
students will demo the homework in the order assigned, details are below
will also specify the maximum length of the demo
students will also receive listening roles detailed below
Before the deadline, student complete the exercise and prepare the demo material
the exercise may include coding or other writing exercise
student can use their code or fork other team’s code from previous exercise, details are below
demo material may include outline of the approach, overview of the solution, in order to convince the audience that the solution is
one of the best
and open for further improvement
students may contact coaches via discord channel for any questions, suggestions, feedback
students can also ask for help from coaches but not from other teams
Student submit the solution and demo material to LMS
Student schedule a demo meeting with the group
During the demo
student can follow the demo tips below
student with the largest order (coordinator) will be responsible for recording the demo and submit to LMS afterwards
presenters should use simple slides and not use notes except
audiences are not expected to take notes
demo time will be limited to not be too long (10m max)
each audience will also be assigned a listening roles to practice different listening skills
active: audience with this role will need to ask clarifying questions
will need to submit 3 questions and answers
passive: just focus on absorbing, receiving what’s being said
will need to submit the top 3 takeaways
reductive: try to summarize the demo afterwards
submit the summary
expansive: try to build on top of what’s being said, asking questions like what if, what else, how about trying this, etc
submit 3 implications or possible impact
critical: try to find holes and gaps in the demo
submit 3 gaps
empathetic: try to appreciate and empathize with the difficulties and challenges encountered by the speakers
submit 3 good points or difficulties
At the end of each demo, each audience will spend 2 minutes to fill in the score card detailed below
This will be applied to the first class or any class we want to held live for any reason