Nouman Ali Khan – The Person Who Changed My Teaching Style Forever Q&A

Nouman Ali Khan
AI: Summary © The speaker discusses how a teacher is supposed to teach their students about stories and capturing their attention. They emphasize the importance of a storyteller and capturing the attention by being a storyteller. The speaker also talks about injecting students into a program that focuses on writing in a classroom and being open to learning from filtering sources. They have been beneficial in their life, including their growth and self-improvement.
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She walks in

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first day, steps on the chair

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and steps on the desk, stands up on the desk, opens up a kid's book and says once upon a time, there was a lion that I'm listening to this like, whoa, that's amazing. That is one of the most profound lessons in education I ever learned in my life.

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So you had the law of impact on a lot of people, even me you've had mashallah you have an impact on so many people. I just want to know who had an impact on you, and doesn't know it, they might not even know it.

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Okay, so a lot of people have had an impact on me, but a person who has had impact on me profound impact, and Dale has no idea

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would probably be

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an older female professor

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at Delphi University back in 2000. And I'm gonna say three to four.

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Long story short, I got a job as a chaplain at Adelphi University in Long Island. So part of the perks of the job was I could audit any course I wanted in the university, I could sit in the class, like a fly on the wall. So of all the courses I could choose, I chose kindergarten education. So these are certified teachers that are getting further education to become better kindergarten teachers. Okay, so they're all professional teachers. And the person teaching them, of course, has a PhD in early education. And she's going to teach them teaching techniques to kindergarteners. And I'm sitting in this class in the back, like I'm just observing, I took this class, like, dedicated,

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I really immersed myself in it. And I didn't even know I only took it because it fit my schedule, right. But I didn't know the impact it was going to have on me.

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First day of the class, these will remind you professional teachers that have master's degrees, and they're working in schools. So they're all adults, they're not college kids, they're all adults. She walks in, she's older, she must have been 6570, maybe she walks in

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first day, steps on the chair,

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then steps on the desk, stands up on the desk, opens up a kid's book and says once upon a time, there was a lion.

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And there was

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a mouse. That's what she does. And she tells the entire story of The Lion and the Mouse, standing up on the desk, jumping off walking around, pouncing, she doing all this stuff. And I'm like, this is a master's PhD level course, in children's education. This woman psychotic, what is she doing? And at the end of it, like after 10 minutes of this theater, and we're laughing, and we're like in shock and who expects this. And she goes, if you want to get through the kids,

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you have to let your inhibitions go. If you want to tell them the story, you have to become the story. You have to enter the story. Your job is to captivate them. And let me tell you, the chip the chip of paint on the wall, and the squeaking of the door, and the rotation of the fan, every one of those things will get their attention not you

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know, a bird flying out the window will get their attention not you. You Your job is not to teach them Your job is to command their attention. And you will not do so until they have a reason to listen to you. And they love their stories. So you better become a storyteller. Right?

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And I'm listening to this like, whoa, that's amazing. I'm not there. Because her thing was he's a PhD, a tenured professor. She's not interested in impressing anyone. She's interested in capturing their attention. That's her goal.

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Because that's her job. I cannot do my job of teaching if I don't have their attention. Right, right. So her entire teaching philosophy is driven by that one focal point.

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And I walked away from their life. Let me try that on adults.

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Because okay, that worked for kids. Let me because it worked on me in that room. I was listening to the lion in the mouse and I wanted to know what happened.

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So I left because you know, in the Islamic space, it's like when you're giving a lecture you're like

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inhibited you're like you become a formal version of yourself. Right so you could be like we could be chillin talking bro, what's going on? Oh, hold on second. Ended up having that in there. Who want to stay no who was still?

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You put on a person

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Oh, no, almost right. And you're super, because as long as no joking matter, it's not about joking or not joking. It's about, I want you to feel like, I'm talking to you directly.

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Right. And I have your attention.

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That is one of the most profound lessons in education I ever learned in my life. And I'm very certain, she has no idea that she gave me that heck, but that is like, it's impacted the way I teach kids. It's impacted the way I read a room. It's impacted the way I give any lectures, like, while I'm giving a lecture, I'm actually gauging attention. And as I'm gauging attention, cuz sometimes I'm teaching really boring subjects, right? I'm teaching like, Arabic grammar, and the sentence structure of, you know, complex sentence structure and nouns versus verbs and all this stuff. And you can see some people are zoning out, you can see some people are like,

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some people are just kind of on the floor. And instead of getting upset, I'm like, No, no way I have, I'm failing to capture their attention, I need to inject oxygen back into the room, I need to do something right now to reset, and come back to this, because attention is more important than finishing the lesson. Right? So I'm, it's like, you know, like, I'm used to driving an automatic car in America. But here in England, most people are driving manual, right? So with manual, you constantly have to keep track of how fast you're going. And when you're gonna break and you're just constantly in the zone, right? It's like that with me and teaching and I'm, they're looking at me,

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trying to understand me, while I'm looking at them and trying to understand them. That's what's happening. Right. So that would be I think, one of the most powerful influences in my, in my teaching career. And Allah that's, that's, that's very interesting. It's very interesting to see how things can be so insignificant at first, but then this actual pivotal learning experience. Yeah, yeah. Don't underestimate the hikmah. To Bilateral movement to suicide. Shalom says wisdom is like the lost treasure of a believer.

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I know, I know, my Weatherhead Takata. You wherever you find it, you grab it. Right. So I've and then I realized, one of the other things that came out of that was, I became open to grabbing wisdom from wherever I can find it. Like I didn't become I didn't limit my scope of where can I get something from that can benefit me. It has to come from these filtered sources. No, no, I'm unfiltered. It could be my taxi driver that teaches me a life lesson. I'm open to it. You know what I'm saying? Yeah. So and that's been a really beneficial formula in life for at least what I consider for my own growth and to take care of yourself. Right. So that was targeted to you. That's

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very nice. Thank you. Yeah.

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