I received good news from the parent of a New Tampa American Government tutoring student of mine. He managed to get a 95% on his American Government final! He is between an A and a B, and I believe he will get the A! Although he knows his final exam score, he has not yet received his final grade in American Government.
I am reading a book that was published about 80 years ago. It’s called Influencing Human Behavior by H.A. Overstreet. I originally started reading it because copywriter Roy Williams recommended it to aspiring copywriters. (When I am not tutoring, I am a copywriter and press release writer…)
At any rate, Overstreet’s book came from a college class he taught in the 1920s.
In the book, he writes about how the perceptions of how people learn had changed. Generations before his regarded the relationship between the teacher and pupil as one in which the teacher poured knowledge into empty vessels. In other words, learning was one way communication in which students passively received what was imparted.
By Overstreet’s time, psychologists had discovered that the relationship between learner and teacher is dynamic. H. A. Overstreet argues that teachers need to do more than pour. He argues that for a student to want to learn, teachers (and tutors) must connect the material to a felt need of the student and involve him or her in “the chase” for mastery of a subject.
It’s not a revolutionary insight to say that the more students see a subject as important to meeting a need they have, the more likely they are to be motivated to study it. Nevertheless, what Overstreet has to say about how behavior can be changed goes far beyond that.
If you teach, tutor American Government, sell products, broker Tampa mortgages, or manage people, I think you’ll find great value in H.A. Overstreet’s book. He is a fine writer, and his book is simpler, more direct, and more engaging than most recent books on persuasion.
The Tampa Tutor found his copy using one of my favorite book finding websites, but I am sure it can also be found on Amazon. If you decide to read Overstreet’s book, I would love to hear what you think.
Posted by Tampa English Tutor at 1/16/2009 12:24 AM