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Teaching By Example

We often say that the best way to teach is by our example. Actually, it is the only way to teach.

Whether we like it or not, whether we realize it or not, our students learn by our example.

An instructor can stand in front of a group of students and rant and rave about humility. They will hear his words, but will learn by the way he conducts himself -- is he humble? Do his words match his actions?

No one wants to learn from a hypocrite. Most students will see through him.

Of course, we might have physical limitations that make it hard for us to train as hard or as long as younger students. We should give it our best effort. The example is that we give it our best -- not how many punches or pushups we can do. Our physical strength and stamina will naturally decline with age, but our determination can grow even stronger.

Students learn from what we do and how we do it, not just from the words that come out of our mouths or that we write down on paper (or post on the internet).


Charles C. Goodin