Coyote Teaching - Methods and Techniques
By Andrew Loh
Coyote teaching is very near to the nature around you! Coyote
teaching seeks to empower your children to learn life's success
methods rather than just academic lessons and exercises. It will
teach your child many nature's survival skills that are so necessary
to succeed in life. As coyote teacher, one can bring, many mysteries
of nature in such a way that they get an inspiration to learn on
their own. Just remember how those old, wise men used to answer any
questions asked by younger children!
For example, an experienced coyote teacher may never answer your
children's questions the way most people would answer them. He or
she would rather point your children in the direction of the answer
or simply ask them a series of questions all composed and structured
to make your children think and act.
A coyote teacher has the ability to make every learning experience
very exciting. Your children always need a refreshing change in
their daily lives and coyote teaching will ensure just that, those
series of exciting changes that can refresh their minds. Just watch
one of those experienced coyote teachers and note down how he or she
plans each lessons just like a game of chess or a jigsaw puzzle!
Here, one teaching can lead to the other within no time. This unique
learning experience will bring a great transformation in your
children mental focus and attention.
A typical coyote teacher will never force the lessons on his or her
children. Instead, he or she may simply ask well-conceived questions
after leading the situation in the classroom to a level where the
children will feel at ease and relax. Here are some classical
Question: Children may ask, "how do we build a hut?"
Answer: The coyote teacher may simply answer, "Go and ask the bird".
Question: Children may ask, "How do we burrow that tunnel in the
Answer: The coyote teacher may simply answer, "Go and ask those
The questions asked by the children may too simple or very complex.
However, the answers provided by the coyote teacher is always open
ended and they lead to many more questions that are complex and
simple answers, until such a time when the children will get their
answers. Every time a child asks a question, the coyote teacher will
make the children to dig deep into the shelves of answers.
The entire system of coyote teaching depends on three main
The art of questioning: Questions are the answers! A typical
coyote teacher always relies on a series of questions to answer
children's questions. If you observe a coyote teacher, he or she
will be having a series of questions shooting from their hips like a
machine gun. These questions are complex at the start but are very
simple and result oriented at the end.
Didactic Teaching: Teaching in a typical coyote classroom is
always very simple and deductive. Your children will learn the art
of deduction by dissecting the questions with many answers. This
simple yet effective method will also help your children to solve
any complex real life situation.
The Dynamics of Trickster: No other education system has a
method that is as special and unique as coyote teaching. A
specialized coyote teacher uses a number of techniques and tricks to
lead children to answer complex questions. The questions and answers
asked and provided by a coyote teacher is always confusing at first
but they become very simple as the teacher starts asking more
Experts think that a coyote class is an invisible classroom! In the
past children never went to a formal school at least in the last
millennium. Children still learnt their lessons in an invisible
manner. In fact, nature acted as a school for them. Nature was the
mother bounty's special teacher. Nature acted as a mentor to
children. In fact, children can learn a lot by interacting with the
nature. Coyote teaching method relies heavily on nature and its
magnificent hidden treasures. The questions asked and answers
provided by a coyote teacher always rely on examples of nature.
Children can easily relate to things that connect to nature around
Coyote mentoring is also natural. The language of nature is the
supreme language that can easily make your children intelligent and
smart. With wonderful stories, games, songs, animals, plants and
places all related to nature around your children can make them
intuitive, smart and intelligent with an ability that is far
superior to any other educational system.
The Art of Mentoring & Coyote Teaching
By John Young with Ellen Haas
How did natives teach their children the complex arts of
living off the land? How did they awaken instinct, spirit,
and a burning desire to know? How did they get children to
learn for themselves? Can these educational methods help us
teach our children today?
This audio series is for parents, outdoor educators, homeschoolers,
youth leaders, community teachers, and anyone seeking ways to teach nature
literacy and guide children to be eager and inquisitive life-long learners
(and to help heal nature deficit disorder). Native people traditionally taught
their children to understand the world by mentoring them in nature's ways.