You really ought to check out Kathy Sierra's blog, "Creating Passionate Users". It is full of interesting nuggets about how to transfer stuff -- concepts, ideas, info, etc. -- from one brain to another brain, through books, courses, seminars, conferernces, whatever. Kathy is one of the authors of the "Head First ..." series of books (published by O'Reilly) that teach concepts in programming and software development using highly informal -- but tremendously attractive -- techniques. Her posts on teaching are informed by her experience with the "Head First" series of books.
Here are the links to Kathy's posts that are relevant to teaching:
- Just-in-time learning as opposed to Just-in-case learning
- Learning is not a push model
- Interaction vs. one-way communication
- Most classroom learning sucks
- Wisdom of the crowds
- Show-don't-tell applied to learning
I am sure you too would agree that she has lots of interesting things to say!
Note: This was originally posted on the blog of small things on 8 April 2005