Clapper, affiliated with the Institute for Medical Simulation and Advanced Learning and a self-described public servant, asserts that â€œteaching for understanding involves more than considering how the learning experience might be made more authenticâ€ (p. 7). The goal of this article is to introduce educators to theories and concepts that teach students to be self-directed, lifelong learners. Knowlesâ€™ adult learning theory is discussed and used as a framework to explain what makes an exceptional educator. Above all, Clapper stresses that instruction should be positive and fun. Theories presented in this article include McCluskyâ€™s theory of margin, Growâ€™s staged approach to self-direction, Dunn and Dunnâ€™s learning style inventory, Kolbâ€™s experiential learning theory, Mezirowâ€™s transformative learning theory, constructivist theory, and MacLeanâ€™s triune brain theory.