Whenever we're teaching something that other's don't know, we're handing out nodes for their cognitive network. Tribal elders say this generosity interferes with learning. Socrates also opposed the delivery of content:
You cannot teach someone what they do not already know
When we're conducting After Action Reviews, we use the nodes the learner already have. We rely on the fact that "they got nodes" before they come to us. The nodes they will link up are:
- what happened to them was they tried to take action
- what effects they experienced from their effort
- what they were thinking before they started
- what they realized in the midst of the activity
- what occurred to them after they stopped
We then ask for other nodes they already have in their cognitive network:
- Has this happened to you before?
- Does this seem similar to something you've seen before?
- How is this different from what you were expecting?
- How does this fall in line with that you had in mind?
When we give the learners this control, power and respect, they own their learning. "They know they know" this understanding because the content was already theirs. They buy-in to their learning because "it's their baby" from the start. It's their links to their nodes. They are motivated to use this learning, to "transfer the skill" and act this knowledgeable.
All we're doing is showing them what they already know. They may return the favor and ask if we "got nodes?" that link to theirs. They may wonder what we know that helps them with what they already know. But all their asking is based on their nodes, not ours.