Graceful Adult-Ed Instructors Are Weird
A colleague once said to me, “You always talk about remarkable adult-ed teachers. What is one word you would use to describe a remarkable adult-ed teacher?”
Oh, boy. What a tough question that was! I thought for a few seconds and responded with the following explanation:
“There isn’t one word that can capture the essence of a remarkable adult-ed teacher. But for the lack of a better term, I’d like to pick the word, ‘graceful.’”
My colleague did the obvious and asked, “Why graceful?” I elaborated:
Graceful adult-ed instructors
Remarkable adult-ed instructors are graceful because they
- make learning happen but accept failure and mistakes as part of the learning process.
- challenge and set the bar high for all students while putting students at the center of all their decisions.
- are natural leaders. They don’t let students hide behind excuses but instead inspire students to do their best.
- promote a race to the top with deep-structure learning and real-world applications
- make a difference by transforming students into lifelong learners.
- bring grace to teaching and their environment.
- resist the pressure to conform, comply, fit in, and do things like everybody else does— they are weird.
- are excellent at connecting with people; they are approachable.
In other words, they are razor-sharp but as warm as a summer’s day.
Now, go change your students for the best and be graceful!
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