Working as a teacher in some form or another since 1997, I have learned that is it important to teach in layers. What might work one way for a certain student, may not work for another?

You can teach a technique using the same words to two different students, one student will get it while the other won’t. It’s important to remember that students learn in different ways.

The concept seems pretty obvious, however, it’s very easy to take this idea for granted. This concept of learning in layers applies to both teachers and students.

Take the case of my latest portrait drawing course. Sure I created traditional drawing lessons via video. I started the drawing from scratch which is what most students want to see. I took the drawing to completion in nine separate lessons.

I also created screencast overlay videos whereas I worked on top of my portrait drawing. Drawing specific techniques on top of the finished drawing is just another way for students to learn. Lastly, I separated each different technique into an image that was included in a PDF, incorporating some text into the mix.

 Teaching the same techniques with different vehicles, using different language, in different layers is something every teacher should do.

Yes, students learn by watching, listening and then doing. Adding layers to these three methods of learning is something that we must strive to do.