Okay, looks like I just lost a 1400-word post because.. something messed up. I’m not impressed, so I’ll make this really brief.
All that interferes with teaching must be stripped away.
A teacher must learn about students from every interaction to better serve their needs.
One-way communication with a smiling face is just as useless as one-way communication without one.
Hearing without listening is not a substitute for genuinely listening.
To teach with a relaxed feel but wind up teaching more than anyone expects is to master presentation. This is to teach calmly, but in haste; “festina lente”.
“The way” is to prepare the mind, and then to empty the mind of prejudice and preconception to re-open the self to real and present circumstance.
The “sage on the stage” is, for all teaching save university lecture halls, a straw man of no applicability. The problem is not teaching too much; the problem is teaching too little. This can only be solved through direct action.