On Teaching Techniques: Ketchum’s Law

F@#! teaching techniques. That was the answer I got when I asked Richard Ketchum what his theory of teaching techniques was. He was then head of Communication and English at Humber College. He taught an adult class of creative writing. Thus my question.

His answer continued:

When I want someone to understand something, to internalize it, I try to remember how it was I came to understand that thing. Then I try to take the other person through a similar experience.

That could also be the definition of some poetry, written not so much to entertain or amuse, but to communicate.

My debt to Richard is obvious.

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