If you want to teach like a champion, you need to first be a champion yourself. And, to do that, you have to take the time to really understand what motivates your child. Sometimes we make the mistake of trying to give advice to our children and telling them that they should listen to their parents and teachers. What often happens in these situations is that kids become confused between authority figures (parents, teachers, etc.) and those who are simply “bigger.”
Rather than encourage this confusion, it would be far better to try to educate your child that teachers are there to help and not to be bigger than they are. Teach your child to respect teachers and their position. When you treat your teacher like she is the boss, your child will view education as more of a job and not something to be ashamed of or something to hide. This attitude will spread and influence other areas of her life, as well.
Another way you can teach your child to think of education not so much as a race but as something that involves effort and focus. The champions in our society were the ones who labored tirelessly toward their goals. They did not sit back and wait for someone else to do their thinking for them. They made themselves leaders and sought out the best opportunities available to them. It is up to us today to take the same vision and apply it to our own lives.
When you understand how champion-like you are, it makes it easier to tell your child what he or she needs to do. Rather than telling them what they must do, teach them to ask. For example, instead of saying, “You need to ask questions,” teach your child to say, “You asked me a question, so I'm going to ask you some questions too.” This not only gets them thinking about what they want to ask, it also gets them thinking about what you expect of them. It forces them to take action.
Lastly, if you want to teach a champion to teach others, you need to be a believer as well. You cannot simply sit there and expect them to do what you want them to. If you are not a believer as well, it may make it very difficult for you to teach someone to be a champion, because you will be doubting everything they say. However, if you have a strong faith in yourself and what you are doing, then you will not doubt your role as teacher.
Now that you know how you can use champion psychology in teaching children, try it out. Start with a simple task like asking questions of your child, making statements about what you are saying, and taking a few steps closer to . . . . . . your goal. Your children will be very curious about what is taking place around them and will want to help you accomplish your goals.