A question was posed to the internets:
What do you do when you are asked to teach people something when they don't want to be taught.
I have answers, unfortunately for the poser, the only answer they want to hear is how it's the learner's problem and not the teacher's.
What I learned while teaching:
- Don't treat the learner like a child. If you want to teach children, teach children.
- If your audience is diverse, you will not be able to reach everyone. Decide who you want to get the message across to most and teach them. If everyone needs to get it, then shoot high and pull people along with your enthusiasm and finesse.
- Teach people the way that they need to learn, not the way you want to teach.
- Don't keep people guessing or wondering. Take the fear and distrust out of the equation by divulging the details up front. Accept that some people will have attitudes and help move them past them. No secrets. It's juvenile and high school behavior.
- You cannot make someone learn...but you can create an environment where they are more willing to listen.