|One of my fellow teachers in the class for inspectors that he and I taught.|
Teaching is something I truly enjoy and talk about in my blog (look for the keyword/label: teaching or training). I too tend to get very decent reviews and some not so good reviews (see the photo below; yes, there are always a clown or two in your class). I take serous reviews seriously and try to learn from them, but these were somewhat rediculous.
|The angry person|
An online search on teaching strategies and instructional design brought my attention to a few things. Deborah Davis gives the following recommendations in here book: The Adult Learner’s Companion: A Guide for the Adult College Student:
- Use the adult learner’s experience and knowledge as a basis from which to teach.
- Show adult learners how this class will help them attain their goals.
- Make all course and text material practical and relevant to the adult learner.
- Show adult learners the respect they deserve.
- Adjust your teaching speed to meet the needs of the older learner.
- Motivate adult learners to learn new information.
In his "Rapid Elearning Blog" Tom Kuhlmann gives five little nuggets:
- Instructional design is more than just putting information in front of learners
- Instructional design has clear goals and gets learners focused on the right things
- Instructional design provides context and perspective
- Instructional design compresses the learning process and saves time (this is probably the one I violate the most)
- Instructional design engages learners with clear and meaningful content
I really like to do all these things in my class design and teaching; maybe subconsciously, but I try. As I tell some of my students, "I have sat through classes that were so boring that I promised myself that if I ever had to give a talk or a class, I would never be like that."
I have two questions for the readers of my blog:
- Do you also notice that you've become overly critical (in a positive way) either with age or since you have become more seasoned in your job?
- If you are an adult educator or attend a lot of training classes, do your agree with the two bulleted lists above or are there any other bullets you would like to add?