Sheldon teaches Penny physics
Barbara’s thoughts about Sheldon teaching Penny physics:
What Sheldon did well:
- He observed and made note of the initial mental and physical state of the learner
- He took notes on the teaching process
What Sheldon could have done better:
- He could have shown more respect for her instead of insulting her (“college ruled – I hope that doesn’t intimidate you,” “Have you suffered a recent blow to the head?” etc.).
- He should have focused on her learning goals, and focused on giving her information in line with them rather than giving her irrelevant information about ancient Greece.
- He should have considered Penny’s prior knowledge (or lack of it) and level of education.
- He should have told her why it would be helpful to take notes.
- He could have taken cues from her as to whether the pace was too slow, too fast, or about right.
- He could have asked questions and provided other opportunities such as games for Penny to interact with the material.
- He expected her to remember and understand something he said just one time.
- He expected her to be able to tell him what she needed in order to learn – but she couldn’t.
- He coached her to memorize and repeat information that she didn’t understand.
Other thoughts here or about the Training Transfer Process application below?
Trainee Characteristics: Penny had some pre-training motivation to learn what Leonard does, she seemed open to the experience, and she probably had a good idea how she would be able to use what she learned. Her self-confidence and self-efficacy could have been boosted if Sheldon had done a better job.
Organizational Environment and Support - Before: Penny’s learning wasn’t part of her job so there wasn’t much opportunity for support, although it probably would have helped to have Leonard’s support for her learning.
Training Design: Sheldon did provide a self-management strategy for Penny – encouraging her to take notes. But he fell short on learning goals, content relevance, and especially with providing practice and feedback opportunities.
Organizational Environment and Support – After: While Penny did have an opportunity to perform, her performance was a misguided repetition without understanding. Sheldon could have enlisted the support of Bernadette and Leonard to help and support Penny in her learning.