Adults as learners are different from children. If you are a K-12 teacher and have ever taught a workshop for your colleagues, you know what I mean. You will be more successful if you consider the following. Adults:
Some of the ideas I've come up with include:
- Usually come to the session wanting to learn.
- Have pre-conceived beliefs on what they will learn and cannot learn.
- Need a variety of learning styles to keep them on track.
- May have problems starting all over and unlearning what they already know.
- Have experiences and knowledge that they would like to build on.
- May have other things on their mind when you are talking.
- Like to have a say in what will be taught at the session.
- Want the content to be relevant to what they teach.
- Would like to learn in a non-threatening environment.
- Need to be challenged and may like to challenge the presenter and content.
- Enjoy asking questions - some more than others.
- Appreciate constructive feedback.
Submitted by:Barbara Bray
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