Teach teachers how to create magic by Christopher Emdin
The common thread among rap shows, barbershop conversations, and Sunday services, as Christopher Emdin suggests, lies in their shared ability to captivate and educate simultaneously. These contexts possess a unique, often underappreciated skill set that isn't typically imparted to educators. Drawing from his extensive experience as an educator and his role as a science advocate, Emdin, alongside his collaboration with the GZA of the Wu-Tang Clan in Science Genius B.A.T.T.L.E.S., presents a transformative vision for invigorating the classroom environment.
When I was only working in the studio as an artist, art education seemed like a distant task to me. And sometimes, I was skeptical about whether I needed to learn about art education. At that time, it was thought that drawing skills were more important. However, when I began studying art education as a master's student, this perspective changed 180 degrees. In short, if you want to teach someone as an artist, you need to learn art education. The video above explains why.
We often miss that there is something more important than the theory or content we convey. In fact, times have changed, and the information, content, or theories I want can be found in a matter of seconds by searching on the Internet or even asking artificial intelligence. So what is more beneficial than this simple information to be injected?
Many teachers know that the most crucial thing to learn and master something is "motivation". So, how do we develop the ability to arouse the ‘motivation’ to want to learn something throughout our life and focus on what we want to learn?
This is the core of education. Christopher Emdin, the lecturer above, defines the behavior that arouses motivation, which is the core of such education, as 'magic'. According to his position, a teacher who teaches well is like a magician in the educational field, focusing on students and using their charm to make them passionately explore educational content. And we are convinced that these skills are the most important for teachers. According to his lecture, in order to learn this 'magic,' you need to look outside the classroom. Instead of wasting time sitting in the classroom, he urge you to go out and find people who are doing great things by bringing fun to those around them, concentrating the audience, gathering the audience with their charm, and then going and taking notes.
I find his argument very persuasive.
Myungja Anna Koh