I am not talking here about truly bad teaching, the kind that fails to engage learners and also fails to produce improvements. I’m talking about teaching that sounds good, looks good, feels good — but does not create changes in knowledge or behavior. Pseudo-teaching is the heroic, lecture-driven, charismatic, rah-rah kind of training, that sadly fails to connect with individual learners’ needs and requirements, avoids questions from the learners, does not challenge the learners to change, and as a consequence fails to produce improvements, just like bad teaching. It’s fun, but it does not work.

When I read this blog post about pseudo-teaching, I felt the author expressed just what I feel about what good teaching should be:

  • just-in-time
  • attuned to the needs to the learners
  • a conversation with the learners, not a one-way lecture
  • oriented towards the details of good performance
  • task-based and results-oriented, not a showcase of the instructor/teacher/coach

The goal of good teaching is to help learners change. We all love a showy instructor, but the goal remains to encourage behavior change. That’s the philosophy behind the FT Works workshops, where no pseudo-teaching is allowed.

(Incidentally, we are booking into February, so if you want to experience real teaching and real behavior change, talk to us today.)

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