When it comes to teaching pupils new skills or knowledge, teachers are in their comfort zone. Walk into any classroom and more than likely you’ll witness three things:
1. Some expert modelling, in which the teacher breaks down and demonstrates what the pupils need to do.
2. Clear, careful questioning, with the opportunity for discussion to deepen understanding.
3. Independent, deliberate practice, allowing pupils to consolidate and automate the new learning.
This is a tried and tested recipe for supporting people to learn new things. You’ll see it in grade 1 violin lessons, through to undergraduate theoretical physics seminars.