Well, it’s summertime in Michigan (and I guess everywhere else in the Northern Hemisphere) and you know what that means. Wait, you don’t? It means our state flower is in full bloom. And what is our state flower? The construction barrel of course. That’s because whenever the weather turns warm, road construction begins. Again.
So what does this have to do with instructor development? Plenty. I want you to think of decision making as a trip down a pathway – in this case, a neural pathway. The ease at which this journey can be made is based upon the quality of the road construction.
Neural pathways are created through proper training. Training that is developed with learning in mind. That incorporates the principles from the science of learning.
This type of training provides that decisions are made more quickly. That there are more options available to choose from.
Think of it this way. If the only training that is provided is done only once a year. And that training just informs. That kind of construction produces nothing that is lasting. It is like a footpath that is rarely if ever used and is soon taken over by grass and weeds.
Instructors have a responsibility – a humbling one – to develop and deliver training that builds a durable highway system. One that is well-traveled, fully developed, and regularly updated.