Education, Educators and Educating

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If like us education is not something that is looked back at with nostalgia, and doesn’t give you a warm fuzzy feeling, it can be intimidating to voluntarily put yourself in a training environment —we’ve all finished our apprenticeships, filed our NVQ’s and moved on.

Education puts us out of our comfort zone, it makes us challenge ourselves outside of the habits we’ve grown accustomed to.

Why do we fear learning? We’ve all been through years of compulsory schooling. Was school that bad and is that the root of our deep seated trepidation?

School may be a distant memory to some of you, or maybe something you want to forget! But we guarantee there is at least one teacher you remember fondly as well as many more you dreaded.

I’m going to forget about the teachers I couldn’t stand the sight of and concentrate on the positive influence of one, Mr Cooper. Why did I enjoy his lessons so much? Why when I can’t remember the name of many of my school colleagues can I still remember him?

Mr Cooper taught history, not one of my best subjects by a mile but he could keep a whole class eating out of his hands. He was about 60 years of age, always wore a three piece tweed suit, smoked a pipe, and never had a problem with the odd eff and jeff through a lesson.

This one day I remember with such clarity was a lesson about the Romans, we were looking through text books with a picture of soldiers wearing what looked like a skirt. I enquired: “Sir, why do they not wear armour on their legs?”

“Stand up” he said, handing me a ruler and holding another himself. He proceeded to challenged me to a duel in the class, the rest of my classmates were giggling and laughing as we battled.

“Now try and cut my legs” he said, every time I tried I got a tap on the head from the ruler

“see, that’s why” he explained it aided movement and meant they carried less weight.

Now bear in mind I struggle to remember birthdays but I can still remember a lesson about the Romans many years ago. Why is that? I’m sure the school Head wouldn’t have been pleased to hear about sword fighting on a Tuesday afternoon but it’s still one of my most enduring school memories.

Mr Cooper could have just told me why, but instead he wants me to understand visually why.

A great man once said; “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.”

What does that mean? We can all recite information given to us but do we really understand it?

We’ve all been sent on a course before which has clearly been delivered robot style in the same way for years on end, very similar to the teachers at school you dreaded with lessons, these courses dragged for hours, the instant you return to the salon you go straight back into your old ways. This means you did not understand what was delivered.

At Chaulk we like to think we are like Mr Cooper, we think outside the box, the most important part of the experience for us is that you understand.

We offer a bespoke service, without the limitations of branding or individual companies ethos’ but most of all we provide an educational experience you will remember forever.

Sarah Spiers