"Pedagogy is a complex area. In recent years researchers have recognised that effective teaching involves more than strategies that create knowledge and understanding. Effectiveness is as much about relationships and interpersonal skills as it is about learning approaches. Highly effective teachers draw on a wide range of skills and techniques, applying them in a personalised way that supports the context of the time - a context that continually changes and shifts. Many studies point to the importance of teacher development in areas such as engagement, values, questioning, positive atmosphere and teacher expectations. As a 'tool-kit' of approaches for developing personal effectiveness, influence and communication neuro-linguistic programming (more frequently referred to these days as just NLP) offers a range of approaches to support existing good practice.
NLP approaches can be said to fit into four categories:
- Outcomes: strategies for self-motivation and the motivation of others
- Rapport: approaches for building rapport and influencing others that support notions of Social Intelligence as discussed by Daniel Goleman
- Flexibility: techniques for enhancing flexibility and awareness of others
- Influential Language: language models derived from psychotherapists' communication skills. Much of which is now a standard part of sales and presentation skills training in business and industry" (Read more)