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This article reflects the way I teach and want to continue to teach my current students. What interested me as I read it was that the factors I use in my classroom are also ones that I encourage my students to use with the children in their care.
As we provide meaningful content and curriculum for our adult learners, it’s important to reinforce this learning with hands-on, constructed knowledge. The Workplace delivery model allows the students to learn from the instructor, from each other in class discussions and presentations, and to learn by doing. For example, this week in class we learned the criteria to construct an Invitation for Learning, created an example in class, and then applied this knowledge the next day as students went back to their early learning centres to test it out with children.
The context in how they create this Invitation will be based on the assessment rubric, but allows the students to use their own experiences to guide them in ways that are relevant to their own experiences.
The principles in the article are good reminders that adult learners are a lot like children (in a good way!). Their learning is based on having personal needs met, their past experiences with learning, how motivated they are, the relationship they have with the teacher, and most recently, how much sleep they’ve had the night before!
Which of the principles apply most in your practices?