5 Things Every Teacher Can Learn From “The Most Interesting Man in the World”™

I’m sure by now you’ve seen the commercials for Dos Equis beer espousing the adventures and wisdom of The Most Interesting Man in the World. No doubt you’ve been intrigued by his mysterious charm and almost Zen Master-like wisdom. Every few episodes or so we’re temporarily interrupted from our day-to-day preoccupations and invited to glimpse a new facet of his fascinating life.

Surely a person of such class, esteem, and experience would have some crucial nugget of information to share with the rest of us. Some choice words of wisdom to improve our day to day existence?

Such it is that I’ve compiled a list of 5 Things Every Teacher Can Learn From”The Most Interesting Man”™:

1. “People hang on his every word, even the prepositions.”
Learn to speak with authority. Students like to feel that the person instructing them has a good grasp of the subject matter. Filling your sentences with “um” and “uh” may feel natural in speech, but it sends the wrong message by suggesting to your students that you’re hesitant or questioning yourself as you speak.

2. “He can make orange juice, out of apples.”
It’s no surprise that the state of the economy has hit education hard. As school districts and universities face slimmer and slimmer budgets, it’s crucial for resourceful educators to consider educational technology outside of the classroom. From twitter accounts to class blogs, the options can be overwhelming.  Fortunately, we’ve got you covered with our free resources and list of low-cost textbook alternatives.

3. “He never says something tastes like chicken. Not even chicken.”
Learning how to tailor your message to your audience is crucial for being a successful instructor. Your students likely come from different cultural and even linguistic backgrounds. As a result they may not understand a concept the first time it’s explained. The best instructors use varying language and examples to better connect with their students.

4. “His reputation is expanding faster than the Universe.”
Whether or not you’re on the tenure track, it’s important to be aware of what your students and fellow colleagues think of you. Especially for a teacher starting out in a new campus, this information can provide some much needed feedback as to your performance as well as to how you’re adjusting to your new environment. It’s not just at your end-of-semester teacher evaluations that people form their opinions of you, your reputation is growing all the time.

5. Speaking on Life – “It’s never too early, to start beefing up your obituary.”
There’s a reason he’s the most Interesting man. Sure you’re an educator; maybe also a grad student, a parent, and/or a doting family member, but don’t forget to get out every once in a blue moon and spice up your life. Go rock climbing, join a local social group, take up SCUBA diving. In general, throw a little excitement into the mix every once in a while. It’ll do wonders for your physical and mental health as the semester progresses and the walls start to close in.

So there you have it, 5 important tips we can all appreciate from our mysterious, immaculately-bearded friend. Hopefully these tips will come in handy in helping you make sure your students “Stay thirsty” this semester.