If you’re a parent or have spent much time around children, you’ve probably noticed their tendency to pick up on things you do before you even realize what you’re doing. You might have wondered why it’s such a struggle to teach children what we want them to learn, yet so easy for them to learn things we never intended.
Based on research with Mestre João Grande’s Capoeira academy in New York City, anthropologist Greg Downey identified 3 characteristics that set expert Capoeira teachers apart. João Grande spoke little English and his students spoke little Portuguese, yet his teaching was highly effective. How did he do it?