Reasonable Teaching: The 13x4 to Master The Art of Teaching
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Reasonable Teaching: The 13x4 to Master The Art of Teaching

Master the art of teaching by focusing on just one thing at a time, using an adapted 13x4 for education, the 9x4.
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  • 8 Supplemental Resources
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  • By the end of the course you will be able to implement the characteristics of exceptional teaching into your everyday practice
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This course is a framework for developing the characteristics of exceptional teaching, through focusing on one thing at a time, using a customised version of the 13x4 for education, the 9x4.

It's part of Tom Cassidy's Reason-Ability series.

Meta studies of the characteristics of exceptional teaching point to a number of key qualities that these teachers possess. My own research on the impact of teaching on student outcomes, from 2005-2012 using the 4Matrix system, supports these findings and I have now extended these conclusions into an actionable framework.

2. How does it work?

There are 9 broad characteristics of exceptional teaching, each representing either something teachers believe or something they do. In order to develop these characteristics, you concentrate on just one aspect at a time, on a weekly basis until you have covered all 9. This takes 9 weeks. At that point, you repeat the cycle and continue to repeat it until you have completed the cycle 4 times. This takes 36 weeks which corresponds with the length of the academic year, hence The 9x4.

The idea of ‘One thing at a time’ as a developmental tool is not new. It was first turned into a system by Benjamin Franklin who used it to master the skills he required to develop his character. It has often been referred to as the Franklin 13, or Franklin’s Thirteen virtues, since he was working on the full 52 weeks in a year and 13x4 = 52.

Who is the target audience?
  • teachers, mentors, speakers, communicators
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Curriculum For This Course
42 Lectures
1 Lecture 03:05
Ben Franklin and the Origins of The 13x4
The Four Dogmas of Reason-Ability
4 Lectures 00:00
The First Dogma of Reason-Ability: Marginal Gains
5 pages

The Second Dogma of Reason-Ability: One Thing at a Time
5 pages

The Third Dogma of Reason-Ability: Discernment
9 pages

The Fourth Dogma of Reason-Ability: A Reasonable Plan
8 pages
The Complete Course To Download
2 Lectures 00:00
The Full Course As Slides
68 pages

The Full Course As PDF Download
68 pages
Applying the 13x4 to Teaching: Creating the 9x4
9 Lectures 31:23
Week 1: Believe in Yourself

Week 2 - Know Why You're Doing It

Week 3 - Have High Energy

Week 4 - Think Big

Week 5 - Tell Your Story

Week 6 - Take Risks

Week 7 - Do The Basics Well

Week 8 - Reward Effort

Week 9 - Get Out Of The Way
Mastering The Basics
9 Lectures 23:35
Mastering The Basics of Great Teaching: Week 1 - Planning

Mastering The Basics of Great Teaching: Week 2 - Clarity of Structure

Mastering The Basics of Great Teaching: Week 3 - Content Must Be Equally Accessi

Mastering The Basics of Great Teaching: Week 4 - Manage Students Well

Mastering The Basics of Great Teaching: Week 5 - Outcomes Must Be Achievement Or

Mastering The Basics of Great Teaching: Week 6 - Structure Must Be Appropriate

Mastering The Basics of Great Teaching: Week 7 - Content Must Be Engaging

Mastering The Basics of Great Teaching: Week 8 - Manage Resources Well

Mastering The Basics of Great Teaching: Week 9 - Outcomes Must Be Authentic
Tom & Charlie diving into each topic in a bit more detail.
11 Lectures 01:44:34
Week 1 - Believe in Yourself

Week 2 - Know Why You're Doing It

Week 3 - Have High Energy

Week 9 - Get Out Of The Way!

Week 4 - Think Big

Week 5 - Tell Your Story

Week 6 - Take Risks

Week 7 - Do The Basics Well

Week 8 - Reward Effort


Why Does It Work So Well?
A Compilation of Supporting Evidence Upon Which The Framework Was Based
2 Lectures 00:00
The UK Education Endowment Fund Teaching & Learning Toolkit
35 pages

What Makes Great Teaching? The Sutton Trust - October 2014
57 pages
About the Instructor
Tom Cassidy
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129,204 Students
21 Courses
Comprehensivist, Education Reformer

Tom Cassidy - Comprehensivist, Education Reformer, Reasonable Polymath, using continuous development frameworks to help people improve all areas of their lives: self-worth, self-belief, goal-achieving, feeling good, achieving sustainable health and deeply fulfilling relationships.

My mantra is: 'Feel Good. Do Stuff.'

Life's not about meditating on the top of a mountain in Nepal, feeling great, achieving enlightenment for yourself...

And it's definitely not about going through life doing things, without having awareness, being busy, achieving a lot but not being mindful of the bigger picture.

It's about both.

Feel good. Do Stuff.

Feel great about yourself, about life, the universe and everything, but do loads of things as well. Have a family, run a business, learn Italian, travel the world, change the world - Do Stuff.

I mean, why not?

I've spent the last 25+ years combining the wisdom of hundreds of years of the study of global philosophies, human effectiveness, modern findings of behavioural science, recent breakthroughs in the understanding of brain physiology and even the results of quantum mechanics into practical, continuous development frameworks for getting things done.

Systems based on practical algorithms of thought and of operation. Algorithms that are easy enough for most people to do just as they are, without having to change any aspect of their life. 'Reasonable Algorithms for Reasonable People.'

In my experience, the most effective continuous development frameworks are those which have duration, cadence and autonomy:

Autonomy - The framework is customisable, adaptable for every participant.

Cadence - The framework has a natural rhythm to it, a cyclic frequency.

Duration - The framework is designed for longitudinal impact and long term growth.

And this framework that I have put together appears to be very robust in its ability to get results, mostly because it requires a very small amount of willpower to make it work. People can stick to it quite effectively.

You still need to do the work. But the willpower you need to get the results is almost certainly the lowest you've ever used for achieving anything in your life, ever.

Please feel free to connect with me however best suits you. I'm always open to exploring ideas either virtually or in person.

All the best


Bryan Sykes
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Entrepreneur, Executive Consultant , Speaker

I'm a natural creative, dynamic entrepreneur and impact investor with a passion for creating and investing in projects that shape a better world to move humanity forward. My main interests lie at the intersection of innovation, social entrepreneurship, technology, and leadership. I am Founder and Co-Founder of several programmes and projects to include Co-Founder of Reasonable Leadership and Co-Founder of Career Mojo which are both Human Potential Initiatives created to bring greater life to all.

My courses are premised by the same enquiry I use to affect social innovation and change which is, “How can I offer the deepest part of me to create a product, project, or service that generates the greatest net value?”

Be sure to check out the "Mojo" brand of courses in Fitness Mojo for Life and Career Mojo as well as a host of other courses with thousands of students already in membership. I'm excited about my newest upcoming course Reasonable Leadership which is a framework for those who want to be a positive force of change in our complex and fast changing world.

We are living in a crucial transitional moment in history that is changing how we live, work, and transact business. Whether through my courses, coaching, or business ventures, I’m always on the lookout to connect with those who honor value creation for self and others as the highest leverage point in life and business. I look forward to connecting with you…Be well!

Sam Brown
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Reality Engineer, An Architect of the Future of Humanity

Although an engineer by trade, I've been a student of personal development and metaphysics for 13+ years. After years of frustration with the sometimes linear perspective in personal development, I made a conscious shift to adopt a more integrative lifestyle which yielded significant results.

Nothing moves me more than being fully engaged in life and operating from the highest perspective of thinking and being. I have a natural affinity for enquiry and creative expression which serves my passion for designing ‘mind tools’ and programs that help people change their lives with minimal effort.

As a Co-Architect of the Greater Life 4 All initiative, I’m designing simple mind tools that help push humanity forward. Our aim is to create a collaborative effort that focuses on the people, possibilities, and the solutions for shaping a smarter, more regenerative world for the better.

Currently I’m on the precipice of implementing an early education initiative that builds on metaphysical principles and practices while teaching students key technological skills to advance necessary life skills along with future career potential.

The world is changing faster than ever before and what’s need more than ever is people exercising their full potential in their thinking, creating, and doing. I look forward to creating a world of change with you!

Bill Aronson
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Bill Aronson is a memory coach who supports thought leaders simplify. He has helped hundreds of people of all ages to improve their memory. Recently, in front of an invited audience, Bill recalled a string of 240 binary numbers in under 240 seconds and in 2015 recalled Pi to 304 decimal places. He does this mental acrobatics to demonstrate that anyone can increase their memory.

Bill says, “If I can do it, so can you. I have an ordinary memory, but an extraordinary process that I want to share with you.” Bill is known as a thought leader gently challenging and always on the cutting edge. Everything that he does has the context of creating transformation.  He is a member of MENSA, has an IQ of 178, a disability that he has finally come to accept.

Bill has practiced mindfulness for over forty years. He has been poisoned, almost blown up in Northern Ireland, India (twice), and Israel and is pleasantly surprised that he is still alive. Most mornings he awakens with the thought "what can possibly go right?"

Bill is a former director of the Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce & Industry (Australia), which he helped turn around from an embarrassing $800K loss to break-even in eighteen months. He has also served on the board of the International Coach Federation of Australasia, is an ICF certified coach and an active member of Rotary whose motto is service above self.

Bill divides his time between Hobart, Tasmania, and London, UK. To date, he has written nine books on business transformation including Turning up for Life (Lulu 2011) and The Lost Art of How to Find Things (2016).