Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Tech Tip Tuesday
Here's a conversation overheard at work recently:
"Why did you go to the Dark Side?"
"They had cookies!"
One of our experienced assembly technicians had trained a new intern in one particular assembly technique that the technician had used with good success. However, the intern had learned another way from another technician that he found easier.
The same is very true of boat-building. I may show one or two methods of doing something, but that doesn't mean that it is the only way to do it. If another method works for you and is safe and efficient, I say - do it. I often find as a teacher that I am customizing what I teach at the individual level to accommodate the students tools, experience and ability. Fortunately, my classes are very small, so I have the luxury of doing this.
One important thing that I have learned is that people learn by very different methods. When teaching a new step in the strip-canoe building process, I talk about what we're going to be doing and follow that up with what is important to how it relates to the next step. Then, as I'm demonstrating, I try to explain it again. When the student is finally doing the work themselves, I try to offer tips and tricks that work well for them. If I find this isn't working, I propose another method or research other ways to do the same task for them.
As I hear at home, "To each cat his own rat."