When reading an excellent post on flipping the classroom (see below for my posts on flipping*) at User Generated Education, I was reminded of a book I had not removed from my shelf in a long time. The first image in that post reminded me of Bernice McCarthy's book The 4MAT System. Click to read about an edition newer than mine.
The 4MAT System (also here) includes a circle of learning that looks deceptively simple. When planning and evaluating a presentation you will be giving, asking yourself the System's questions about each quadrant of its circle can improve your message. Although you don't have to use each quadrant, at least thinking about all four may sharpen your talk, your seminar, even your article. (Given how helpful the system has been in the past, I wonder why this book is languishing on my bookshelf?)
Two notes: McCarthy is a believer in learning styles; regular idealawg readers know that I am not. Nevertheless you can skip those pages, read the rest and still derive benefits and value.
Second, from the examples, you may get the idea that The System only applies to school-aged students. Not at all. Years ago, I saw a very good presention by Maude Pervere (read about her here about halfway down) at Professional Development Consortium on how use 4MAT to teach lawyers.
To take it deeper into the legal profession, I believe that it could be taught to lawyers to help them communicate with clients, opposing counsel, co-workers—and juries. Have you used 4MAT?
*Past posts on flipping the classroom (which may or may not be consistent with the 4MAT System, depending upon how flipping is used):
- Resource for those interested in the flipped classroom
- Flipped classroom discussed at Harvard Law
- A newish approach to improving education: Would it work for law students? Lawyers?
Image credit: About Learning.