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ALC-506: NAFI MentorLive - Telling is Not Teaching
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Certified flight instructors are rarely educators. Many see instruction as a stepping-stone to the next level of their flight careers and assume that merely telling is the equivalent of teaching.  We tell, we show, but we rarely teach—and in failing to do so, we do our students a disservice.  This mistake is detrimental to both students and the aviation industry.

True teaching requires a deeper relationship. In fact, central to educational psychology it is sometimes forgotten as we increasingly rely on electronic media for instruction. Despite advances in educational technology, the human brain continues to learn in much the same way that it always has.  

Join veteran flight instructor and educator Mike Thompson as he applies the principles of educational psychology from the FAA-H-8083-9A Aviation Instructor’s Handbook to the art and science of teaching.  Using simple, down-to-earth language, Thompson examines how to enable genuine teaching by developing the student-instructor relationship.  Not just for flight instructors, Thompson’s advice will help any educator make the shift from telling to encouraging deep learning.

Mike Thompson has been a flight instructor since 1979. During eight years with the US Coast Guard, he crewed fixed-wing planes and helicopters conducting flight instruction part-time. 

After active duty, Thompson completed his master’s degree in education while teaching airframe and power-plant mechanics for the Wisconsin Technical College System.  Thompson went on to spend eight years as an instructional-design consultant and worked on projects in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Kuwait.

He then moved into college administration holding director, assistant dean, and dean positions. He retired in 2013 and continues to teach and fly as a flight instructor out of New Smyrna Beach, Florida.