Adult Educators, What’s Our True Calling?

We are adult educators, but what do we really do?

Ok, what's your calling in adult education?  Let me guess. To teach and prepare adult students for standardized testing. Not quite!

See, our calling is more than that. It’s to make a difference. To make things better for the adult students we serve.

This type of calling is not about a learner–teacher relationship of testing and compliance. But it requires a learner–mentor relationship based on trust, choice and care. In other words, it’s about changing students for the better, providing services and solutions we can be proud of.

We, adult educators, have the ability to make more change than we imagined. Our responsibility is to do work that prepares learners— for the REAL world. 

The key takeaway: Adult educators are called to make change. To change our adult students into lifelong learners and to help them become the person they’ve dreamed of becoming or get them closer to where they want to go, one class at a time.

As motivational speaker Leo Buscaglia puts it, “Change is the end result of all true learning.”

Now, go change your students for the best!

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The coach

Teddy Edouard is a Learning Consultant & an Instructional Coach with a passion for Teaching, Learning, and Cognitive Science. He is on a mission to help institutions, teachers, and training professionals maximize the effectiveness of their instructional and non-instructional interventions. Teddy translates adult learning theories and other research into ready-to-use classroom teaching tips and strategies for the benefits of adult learners and instructors.

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