Docendo Discimus – in Latin translates to “the best way to learn is to teach” but what does this mean? How can I apply it to social media? Social Media gives everyone a platform to be an expert and the diversity of potential topics is literally endless. Furthermore with the ease of accessibility that social media provides and the fact that the amount of attention people are willing to devote to a particular blog or article means you don’t need to be incredibly thorough and can instead focus on smaller specific topics. I don’t need to know everything there is to know about space flight to be able to offer meaningful content on NASA’s newest Mars rover.
But I’m not going to learn very much just sharing other people’s content. For this method to be successful I need to actually make the effort to learn about a topic. Elizabeth Stock states “Learning by teaching can help improve student efficacy, confidence and communication skills. In addition to learning content, Richard said that students learn productive beliefs about themselves. In his words: “If students feel confident enough to explain it to someone else, they might develop a higher self-efficacy. That’s going to be motivating to see themselves as competent learners.” (Stock, E January 24, 2019). So by teaching a subject I will become more confident in the topic and can apply that confidence and knowledge to other areas of my life. To give a practical example I am a “Gamer” I play all sorts of games both casually and competitively. One of the games I play competitively is a game called Star Wars Destiny. There is a content creator at Echobase.me who publishes excellent content and I had considered reaching out to them to see if I could provide content through their site but I had not done so yet. Recently I won a tournament and over the weekend they contacted me eager to hear my insights into the deck I used to win and any thoughts or things I had learned. Naturally I was flattered to be contacted by someone I respected and excited to share my experience. Before I knew it I was the expert and I can attribute this strictly to the effort I put into learning about how to win this particular tournament. Due to my success I was confident that I had meaningful content to share. You don’t have to be an expert on everything, focus on one thing at a time and build a foundation. I guess that’s why teachers always seem so smart and confident. Before you know it the student will become the master. What is one area where you are confident sharing your expertise? What do you wish you were an expert in?
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