Lesson planning has a vast array of needed components to ensure success as an Adult Educator. I discovered valuable online articles and resources regarding how to create positive learning environments, characteristics of the adult learner, motivational techniques, planning techniques and the involvement of Bloom’s Taxonomy. The below discussions will explain my reasoning for choosing these resources and how it will impact my role as an Adult Educator.
Creating a Positive Learning Environment:
As an instructor, it is important that I create an environment for my students that is comfortable and safe. By creating this environment, students have a higher learning potential and will be more inclined to participate and share their viewpoints.
I am currently taking the P.I.D.P. program with no previous teaching or instructing experience. I hope to be able to utilize this program to conduct training sessions for my current workplace and hopefully evolve further as a teacher and coach. This particular article was interesting to me, as it pertained relevant information to be used not only in corporate training sessions, but in any classroom. The biggest thing that I took away from the article is that there is a lot of small and yet simple things you can proactively do to positively enhance the learning environment. What is interesting is that a lot of these ideas do not involve a lot of time or resources, but can have a big impact. I will keep this article file for when I host my first training to see if there is ways I can create a positive learning environment.
Examining and Considering Characteristics of the Adult Learner:
This article went into a lot of detail of how to plan for a corporate training session. It went beyond the Characteristics of the Adult Learner, however, had a lot of useful information for me.
As the instructor, I need to ask myself questions about who I am teaching before I can draft up my lesson plan. In Adult Education, it is not a one size fits all model where by the content of my subject matter is going to work for every student.
This article was a good point of reference for me to determine, who is my target audience? what do I know about the students?, what are the needs of the students?, and how do the students learn best? These are all simple questions, but are vital in creating the learning objective and lesson plan.
As instructors, it is important that we understand motivation. Every student is going to have varying levels of motivation. How to we ensure that our material isn’t just another block of time and another assignment to complete.
This article was useful for me as it explained two areas in the classroom that link to lower motivation: Lack of relevance and Sense of Autonomy.
When you tie those two subjects back to lesson planning, it is evident to see that the learning objective needs to remain relevant and useful for the field. Rather than dictating and providing compressive matrix to students, it is important that we also allow for independence and creativity. There was also some great examples in the article of how to incorporate these into the classroom.
Planning Approaches, Tips, Techniques and Tools:
Before you can teach a class, there is a myriad of questions an instructor must ask themselves. Planning can potentially take time and resources, but if completed effectively, will make the role of the instructor easier. Creating a lesson plan is just one part of the planning.
This article was used above to showcase attributes of a positive learning environment. In fact, the article goes into a lot more detail and provides a checklist for pre-work for the instructor (prior to commencing the training), to the training itself, and then provides helpful insights on the post-assessment to improve for the next session. As I start to conduct corporate trainings, I will certainly utilize the information in these articles.
Having no formal “hands on” experience of a instructor in adult education, all of these new theories and processes are very intriguing, but can be a little daunting as well. I found a lot of research about Bloom’s Taxonomy, and how can be utilized to create learning objectives. I used this website for its simplicity in explaining the overall theory of Bloom’s Taxonomy and it allows me to understand the foundation to this theory. This article will be helpful in building my lesson plans by allowing me to incorporate Bloom’s Taxonomy into my lesson plans.
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Nagy, J. (n.d.). Section 2. Designing a Training Session. Community Tool Box. Retrieved from: http://ctb.ku.edu/en/table-of-contents/structure/training-and-technical-assistance/design-training-session/main
Nagy, J. (n.d.). Section 3. Delivering a Training Session. Community Tool Box. Retrieved from: http://ctb.ku.edu/en/table-of-contents/structure/training-and-technical-assistance/deliver-training-session/main
Robertson, K. (2013, October 21). Motivating Students with Teaching Techniques that Establish Relevance, Promote Autonomy. Faculty Focus. Retrieved from: http://www.facultyfocus.com/articles/effective-teaching-strategies/motivating-students-with-teaching-techniques-that-establish-relevance-promote-autonomy/
Tulsiani, R. (2013, September 21). How to create a positive learning environment to maximize learning. Unleash the Edge. Retrieved from http://unleashtheedge.com/3/post/2013/09/how-to-create-a-positive-learning-environment-to-maximize-learning.html