Jul 13, 2014
Adults 465 Views
Good morning colleagues!
The goal of this article is to teach you the top 5 steps in how to teach critical and refractive thinking to adult learners at the college or university level.
1. CREDIBILITY: To teach adult learners, you have to have credibility. Adult learners are often skeptical. You must establish first and foremost, how you have earned the right to teach them. I typically post my introductory video that offers my credentials (undergrad, master's, and Doctoral degrees). I then ensure I highlight my writing awards, my international best seller, my academic conference awards---external validation that I have earned the right to teach them.
2. TRUST: Before adult learners will follow you and be willing to learn from you, they need to trust you. How does one establish trust? Very carefully I'm afraid. When you move through the following steps, understand that you must always do what you said you will do; you must always be fair and consistent. You must treat everyone equally, ...
Jul 13, 2014
Teaching 380 Views
As an instructor of over 20 years, I have had my share of co-teaching model experiences. Most of them were very good experiences. Some of them were difficult situations. However, I still believe a true co-teaching method is effective for both the special education student and the regular education student.
Co-teaching is a method of teaching students with two certified teachers. One teacher is a special education instructor and the other instructor is a regular education teacher. Both teachers are serving the needs of ALL students in the classroom.
Research indicates that co-teaching benefits both the students and the instructor. Both teachers have strengths and both have weaknesses. Hopefully, the area one teacher has a weakness; the other teacher has strength.
In one of my co-teaching experiences, I taught with a special education teacher who was excellent in math. Math is not my strongest subject to teach. So, he compensated my weakness in the deep understanding of the teaching of ...
Jul 13, 2014
Teaching 445 Views
Have you ever considered if there is a difference in how first graders, or fifth graders, or eleventh graders learn?
Is there a difference in their learning vs. how you and your colleagues learn? It turns out, the answer is definitely YES.
So, let's take a look at how ADULTS best learn. Adults:
• are autonomous and self-directed.
• use their foundation of life experiences and knowledge.
• are goal-oriented.
• are relevancy-oriented.
• want practical, useful information.
• need to be shown respect.
Adult learners prefer single concept, single-theory learning experiences that focus heavily on the application of the concept to relevant problems.
Adults need to be able to integrate new ideas with what they already know if they are going to keep - and use - the new information.
Information that conflicts sharply with what is already held to be true, and thus forces a re-evaluation of the old material, is integrated more slowly.
Adults tend to compensate for being slower in some psychomotor ...
Jul 13, 2014
Learning Methodology 442 Views
While many individuals may not know exactly how Montessori education works, it's quickly becoming more and more popular in the United States. There are thousands of schools in the country, and that number is growing fast.
This style of education was developed by the Italian physician and teacher Maria Montessori beginning in 1897. She studied pedagogy and educational theory at the University of Rome and applied this knowledge to her first classroom, which she opened in a basement apartment in Rome in 1907. The method was developed based on her work with and observation of children. She studied and wrote about educational methods for a variety of ages, from birth and the age of twenty four, and developed educational methods for children between the ages of zero and three, three and six, and six and twelve. The method spread fairly quickly to the United States but was not really utilized by educators in the United States until 1960.
A Montessori classroom has many different ...
Jul 13, 2014
Study Skills 374 Views
Chinua Achebe started school at St Philips Central School, Apkakaogwe Ogidi in 1936. He was asked to proceed to the religious class where pupils engaged in singing and sometimes dancing of the catechism, chanting of English rhymes, and general entertainment. After he had spent a week in the religious class, his teacher, Rev. Nelson Ezekwesili sent him to the higher infant school because the child exhibited signs of intelligence. Achebe became the finest English reader and during dictations lessons, he would normally get excellent marks. He possessed the best handwriting in the class and performed well in recitations, especially when reciting either poem or essay on stage. In these years, his academic work in primary school was consistently excellent.
In late 1942, Chinua Achebe proceeded to Nekede Central School because his elder brother John took Chinua to stay with him in Nekede, Owerri. Before his departure, the headmaster of St Phillips Central School opposed Achebe's exit from ...