What Adult Education professionals Like us Believe
I was part of panel discussion on the future of adult education when someone stood and asked me, “What do people in your adult-ed tribe believe? What’s your philosophy?”
I liked the question. And I happily answered the following:
I can’t speak for all the adult education professionals in my inner circle or “my tribe.” But I can speak for myself and about the work Coaching for Better Learning does.
Most adult education professionals in my tribe do things like this:
- Keep adult students at the center of all planning and classroom decisions.
- Promote deep-structure learning instead of surface learning, preparing learners for the real world.
- Lead and change students, transforming them into lifelong learners.
- Teach, train, and coach using a holistic approach. By “holistic,” I mean
- Focus on students’ needs, interests, and levels, promoting a race to the top.
- Promote irreplaceable skills, getting students ready for the era of artificial intelligence.
- Create ruckuses and purple cows. By “ruckuses” and “purple cows” I mean work that is different and worth talking about.
Now, go change your students for the best!
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PS: A few blog posts that you might have missed:
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- One Thing Adult Ed and Workforce Teachers Don’t Do that Makes Learners Quit
- Simple Action Steps that Make Adult Ed and Workforce Teachers Standout (Looking Like Experts on Adult Learning)