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I have said it before and I will say it again: I do not deliver learning.

Far better and wiser people have said it too. Do not take my word for it, consider theirs.

You can deliver a pizza. You can deliver a lecture. You can also deliver a lecture like a pizza, hopefully hot, delicious, and ready to eat.

But you cannot deliver learning.

Talk is cheap (OK, the speaker may be expen$ive). Even the most inspiring lecture, talk, or storytelling session is just words.

The longstanding joke is that NATO is short for “no action, talk only”. Learning is a result of moving, not just being moved. There must be jolt or shift in values, mindsets, behaviours, etc.

Even this reflection is just words. Evidence of learning is in the actions that we take to change people, processes, and products.

What have you changed in the course of your work?

Today’s reflection has been brought to you by Captain Obvious. But since some folks are not aware of this alternative hero, I am providing a soapbox for him to stand on.

I read the ST headline “Learning to deliver Stellar English lessons” and shuddered.

Some ST articles alone are enough to cause shudders. But I reacted because of the word “deliver”.

How old school is that?

You can deliver lectures. But you should be conducting lessons, or better still, creating learning experiences. Throw in the overused facilitate if necessary!

Beautiful sight. McDonald’s de... by alangong, on Flickr
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McDonald’s delivers. Pizza Hut delivers. Their delivery folk are only responsible for transporting the food from one place to another.

Teachers should be taught not to simply deliver.


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