“There is no teaching to compare with example.”
—Lord Robert Baden-Powell, founder of the Scouting movement
Teaching by example, or modeling, is naturally a teaching method. In modeling, the teacher teaches by setting an example, and the student learns by observing the teacher’s example and then imitating it.
Modeling has been around for a long time. Several hundred years before the Common Era, the Chinese philosopher Mencius was already an advocate of modeling. Today, modeling is pervasive. Look around you. You are sure to meet many people who have had fruitful modeling experiences. They come from every station and walk of life and they include parents, teachers, leaders, and mentors.
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