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Do You Really Understand Your Students?

Some would say that all you (the instructor) have to do is to tell your students what they need to know.  Your students will understand and the woods will be safe forevermore.

In a perfect world, this would be true.

The task for any instructor is to understand how individuals communicate with their teachers, parents and friends. Once we understand the methods in which they communicate and learn, we can tailor any topic for Hunter Education to satisfy those needs.  In doing so, instructors can provide a truly rewarding learning experience.

Conduct these simple exercises and we will follow up in upcoming blogs on what you have discovered in your travels.

  1. In what situations did you find individuals smiling and having great conversations?
  2. In what situations did you find individuals yawning or tuning out others?
  3. What electronic devices captivate and hold a person’s interest and for how long?

Looking forward to your comments.


Reader Comments (8)

I have noticed that too many "instructors" prefer to drone on with an endless supply of data. This bores me and I tend to drift. I try to keep the topics open and moving with just enough humor to keep my students off balance and wondering where we're going next. This may not work for everyone, but it's worth a try.
September 14, 2010 | Roy Hutchinson

I agree with the previous post... If an instructor is really "into" the details, rather than boring those that aren't quite there yet, they should consider providing the sources of these details through handouts or in discussions during breaks or after class for the students that are interested.
September 20, 2010 | Barbara Mitchell

The last two posts are right on the money. Classes should be interactive and engaging from the beginning of the class.
September 25, 2010 | Michael
Great post and comments. The best classes I've ever led have been where I learned something as well as my students. Maybe A new way to engage a student who doesn't seem interested in the beginning, a new way to present my material that really draws my students in, training aids that students are very comfortable with, etc. These are all examples of things I look for when I'm instructing. I want a learning experience for all of us. Thanks again for the topic and the comments.
September 26, 2010 | Bill Campbell
Bill, thanks for your comments. As instructors we all have to realize that teaching is a two way street. Sometimes the instructor becomes the student for a brief period in time. We as instructors must listen to what our students say, It is important for the student to be heard and we learn different techniques that we can use in future classes to make them better.
September 27, 2010 | Michael
Knowing your students is extremely important! This may come from experience more than anything else. Becoming familiar with the look in the eyes of your students and saying to yourself "I've seen that look before and it usually leads to ... " I have found that teaching in smaller communities where the students are more likely to have some previous experience requires modifing my lesson plans and activities versus teaching in the larger more metropolitan communities where the backgrounds of the students have less experience. It is important to know your audience and adjust your lesson plans accordingly! I would like to see a discussion to offer of some of these experiences and methods to newer instructors. I really like the idea of getting a discussion board going!
November 16, 2010 | Larry Mcadow
Larry, It is great hearing from you. I am going to write some blogs on the Art of Communication, Is there an area you would like me to focus on? or if you have any ideas for a blog E-Mail me at and we will get something going. Thanks
November 22, 2010 | Michael

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