Throughout your career you will no doubt be expected to deliver numerous training or teaching sessions, especially when you move into a leadership and management role. The 4MAT planning system is an excellent way to ensure that you plan (and deliver) effective and impactful teaching sessions every time!
4MAT was developed in the 1970’s by Dr. Bernice McCarthy, a teacher who has gone on to win numerous awards for her work. The 4MAT model has been used in field such as medicine, equation and engineering. Dr. McCarthy noticed that when working with students, those students would typically be interested in 1 of 4 questions when attending her teaching sessions.
These questions are as follows:
If you think about the teaching sessions you have attended in the past (including those in school) there was probably a heavy emphasis on the “what” as your teacher or trainer imparted lots of knowledge to you. However, McCarthy’s model demonstrates that a heavy emphasis on “what” will only appeal to 25% of the students in a class. By failing to address the Why, How and What If questions, as teachers we run the risk of alienating those students that are interested in these question. In an ideal teaching session we should address all 4 questions.
As teachers we can use 4MAT in 2 very effective ways to plan and design impactful teaching sessions every time. Planning and introducing your teaching session
Planning your teaching session.
The 4MAT system allows us to identify key questions that should be addressed as we plan our teaching sessions.