In this assignment, I’ve chosen five components of lesson planning to explore, understand and apply to my teaching practice. I have located an online resource for each component and have briefly explained why I selected each resource and how it will improve my instruction.
1. Characteristics of adult learners
10 Characteristics of Adult Learners:
I chose this article because it’s important to understand the unique needs of adult learners, and to have empathy for the many roles they play outside of the classroom.
As a professional communicator, and communications instructor, I am always preaching the importance of “knowing your audience” so you can communicate to them in a meaningful manner that will resonate with them and leave a lasting impression.
Here is my ah-ha moment.
What I’m learning, is that it is just as important for a teacher to understand their student/learner as it is for a marketer to understand their target audience.
2. Creating a positive learning environment
Ten effective classroom management techniques every faculty member should know
Instructors who understand and employ effective classroom management techniques are better equipped to create and sustain positive learning environments. This article provides strategies for both new and seasoned instructors.
I can see myself referring back to this article often, and will make a note to do so at the beginning of each semester!
It speaks to topics such as: establishing relationships with new students, dealing with classroom conflict, managing talkative students, reviewing best practices for the first day, handing students many excuses, using humour effectively, and preventing cheating. Following the guidelines here will help create a positive learning environment.
3. Motivational techniques
Nine Strategies to Spark Adult Students’ Intrinsic Motivation.
According to Barkley (2010) motivation is “the feeling of interest or enthusiasm that makes somebody want to do something”. It’s incredibly important to know what motivates and drives learners so that instructors can tap in to those factors in times of need.
If we understand the factors behind motivation, we can potentially coax students in the right direction. As the leaders of the classroom, we must tap into the adult learners’ motivation by addressing their individual potential and helping them to realize the personal satisfaction that can come from achievement.
This can be a difficult task for even seasoned instructors, so regular review of these concepts is important.
Formative Assessment & Summative Assessment
I was recently introduced to the concept of self-assessment in a course and I am now incredibly interesting in bringing this practice in to my own teaching.
I’m not looking for a way to pass off my work as the instructor on to students; on the contrary, self-assessment helps the learner critically assess their contributions, and make changes to their performance as necessary. It turns over some of the power and control of the instructor and puts it in the hands of the student.
The article referenced provides information on the purpose and benefits of self assessment, examples of practical applications, and links to further resources on the topic.
5. Instructional Process/Strategies
Top 10 Active Icebreakers
It’s important to make students feel comfortable in the course right off the bat. Having a fun, active icebreaker sets the tone for a great class, module or course. It gets students motivated and thinking about the subject matter, generates positive energy, and provides a platform for meaningful conversations.
The more engaged students are, the better their experience will be. Ice breakers aren’t just for the first class, they can be used to check in with students throughout the semester, which allows an opportunity for instructors to understand how people are feeling about the material and delivery – and make adjustments as required.
“10 Characteristics of Adult Learners.” YouTube. YouTube, 16 Feb. 2014. Web. 8 Apr. 2015.
“Ten Effective Classroom Management Techniques Every Faculty Member Should Know.” Faculty Focus. Ed. Maryellen Weimer. Web. 8 Apr. 2015.
“Nine Strategies to Spark Adult Students’ Intrinsic Motivation.” Faculty Focus Nine Strategies to Spark Adult Students Intrinsic Motivation Comments. 13 Jan. 2014. Web. 8 Apr. 2015.
“FORMATIVE AND SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT.” NORTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY. Faculty Development and Instructional Design Centre. Web. 8 Apr. 2015.
Peterson, Deb. “Top 10 Classroom Ice Breakers.” Web. 8 Apr. 2015.