See One Do One Teach One

by Jan Broad

I just ran into this article, and it not only sounds like a Biblical Principle, but also a practical one. It also would be a great way of teaching teenagers practical skills that they themselves will need to be able to frugally maintain their own homes. It also would be a great way to train teens, ( and an effective way to spend quality family time ) to use this principle with widows, and single mothers! What a double ministry! Two for one!

The "see one, do one, teach one" program is our way of extending education, encouraging self reliance by teaching skills, and acknowledging our interdependence in the process.

The first time I heard "see one, do one, teach one" was as an operating room nurse in Michigan. The surgical residents used it in reference to surgical procedures they had not yet learned (some tongue in cheek humor, if you will). My wife being a physician (anesthesiologist) was exposed to the expression throughout her medical training and we kind of adopted the term and adapted it to our use.

One of our church members (person #1) had their water heater spring a leak. Their phone call to me activated the "see one, do one, teach one" program.

The idea is somewhat simple: I will come over and do the replacement with #1's help while they watch and assist as able; the next time a member or friend of a member (#2) needs a water heater replaced, #1 is contacted to do as much of the job as possible under my direction. When another job comes up #1 should be able to teach #2 a few things and I will try to be there as a consult as necessary. Eventually we end up with a group of individuals who have some skill level at a particular project, and can be called upon to serve others for future projects.


The theory is applicable to any number of skills about our homes, motor vehicles, and selves. Repetition does wonders for any living creature!!!

2 Timothy 2: 2 "And the things that you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also."