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Teach Anything Framework (CC-BY 4.0)

Teach Anything Framework (TAF) represents real world, roll your sleeves up, succeed or fail, teaching experience. Teach Anything Framework will enable you to capture, organize and sequence knowledge. The framework is compromised of seven steps which make skill transference simple and enjoyable.

The steps hone a teacher's knowledge and augment learning for the student. Each step represents a bite-sized slice of a new skill. The sequence maximizes comprehension, retention, and recall, without bloat or complexity.


Seven Step Teach Anything Framework:

  1. Visualize: Create a visualization of the overarching concept as an anchor.
  2. Best Practices: Define the top three patterns of a skillful operator to emulate.
  3. Levels: Describe what Beginner, Intermediate, and Advance practitioners look like, so the student can place themselves on the ascension scale.
  4. Mistakes: Define the three most common mistakes, so the student can spot mistakes and self-correct.
  5. Summary: Write a summary of 2, 3 and 4 to enhance comprehension and as a marker for recalling the information.
  6. Quiz: Create three multiple choice questions to enhance and solidify learning.
  7. Implement: Create a three step process for them to apply the skill they've learned straight away and as a marker to reload the skill.

For the best result integrate SEE, DO, TEACH into the training methodology:

  1. SEE: Show the student the new skill
  2. DO: Have them apply the new skill
  3. TEACH: Ask them to teach the new skill

In the DO and TEACH parts, the less you say, the greater the opportunity the student has to learn. Answers end the thinking process. Ask questions or give intentionally vague directions to activate thinking and create competency.**

N.B. The student doesn't take ownership of the new skill until they teach it back to you or someone else.

  • Teach Anything Framework forms the engine
  • SEE, DO, TEACH is the ignition key

The student's role is to participate, then implement. The framework does the heavy lifting. The teacher's role is to verify learning is taking place by asking the student to teach back what they learned; if they student can't, it's the teacher's responsibility to ask the right questions, figure out why and adapt the content within the framework accordingly.


Here's an example of a course chapter created using Teach Anything Framework:

The objective of this chapter is to give the student a tool they can leverage to speak extemporaneously in a video follow-up.


To leverage Teach Anything Framework to create a course, use this four-step process:

  1. Write: Describe the contents of the slides
  2. Sketch: Draw the contents of the slides
  3. Use: Practice presenting the sketches
  4. Design: Submit the final sketches to a designer

(1) Describe the content of the slides first using words, then (2) draw the contents. Afterward, (3) practice presenting the slides to polish the words and sketches, then (4) submit to a designer. Repeat the process to create additional chapters.


Write: Evernote Template | Sketch: Sketch Template

Teach Anything Framework is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. Feel free to share, use or adapt the framework, even for commercial purposes, as long as you place this text in small print in the bottom left-hand corner of each slide: {Name of Your Course} was created using Teach Anything Framework (CC-BY 4.0).