Embedded learning – Watch one, Do one, Teach one

Embedded learning – Watch one, Do one, Teach one

embedded learning watch one do one teach one We learn best through watching, doing and then embedding the learning by teaching what we have learned. There is nothing that deepens our understanding quite like having to share and teach someone else what we have just learned. In this process there is an observer, a participant and a mentor.

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The embedded learning concept helps improve communication. This is due to the Mentor’s need to express the concept clearly and the answering of the questions from the observer. They may ask questions you had not thought of and, as the teacher, you have to apply your new knowledge to answer these questions. Using balanced feedback to guide and analyse the process can be extremely valuable. Questioning the mentor while you are the observer watching the process enables the sharing of tacit knowledge.

Take the simple example of using effective body language in a speech. The process of using gestures and facial expressions to add impact to your message. With embedded learning the observer watches the speech while asking their mentor questions and listening to the explanation after the fact. As the observer knows they will have to practice what they are seeing they may pay more attention to the specifics and analyse what works and why. Questioning carefully to understand the process. The mentor then guides the observer through the preperation. The observer then becomes the participant and demonstrates the learned behaviour. Actively and clearly demonstrating the impact of effective body language – followed by a balanced feedback session from their mentor, discovering areas that still need improvement. Once the feedback has been assimilated they get a turn to help a new observer make the journey to mentor.

We learn best when we have to reflect and apply. It is the questions that our protege asks that help us embed our learning. The Process is “Watch One, Do One, Teach One

  • Watch One: Watching the process helps us gather data and learn the steps through observation
  • Do One: In the second step we apply the data with direct feedback and support from someone who has already done the process.
  • Teach One: Finally our knowledge and experiences are applied in helping others develop their skills. This step helps us gain deeper insight through supporting and gaining varied perspectives and questioning.


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Embedded learning – Watch one, Do one, Teach one


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Change Communication and Employee Engagement specialist at One Clear Message Consulting
Richard specialises in helping you build real human communication skills. Employee Engagement / Experience, Emotional Intelligence skills, building high performance teams and a great place you want to work. TED style speaking and presentation skills. Training, consulting and coaching.
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