In the old days, if you wanted to take on a trade, you hired on as an apprentice. You would work closely with someone who had mastered the skill and was able to show you how to do it. By identifying the finished product (goal), the master technician would show you how the finished work would look and identify the skills and steps needed to accomplish it. Then they would show you how to do it and then have you go hands-on through the same process to completion. Once you mastered the skill, you could make a living doing it.
For example: a master potter would show you a beautiful clay vase and then take you through the process of making one. He would identify and tell you each step necessary to mold the raw materials into a colorful fired and glazed vase. Then he would take a blob of raw clay, put it on a potter’s wheel, and show you each step as you watched along. Then it would be your turn. He would guide you through the entire process that he had just finished, involving you hands-on and giving you feedback along the way as you formed the clay, colored it, and then fired it to form the final flower vase.
Once you learned and mastered the process, you could make vases for a living and be paid for your time and effort.
The Master Potter Teaching Strategy: Tell Me, Show Me, Involve Me.
This statement revolves around the old teaching adage, “Tell me and I forget; show me and I remember; involve me and I understand.”
Let’s see how the apprenticeship method of teaching can be applied to goal setting. [Read more…] about Goal Setting Basics: The Apprentice Guide to Success