Top #1 Teaching Model for Adult-Ed Programs and Teachers (moving from good to great!)
Adult-ed programs and teachers are in the business of equipping learners for the real world.
What adult learners really need to succeed in the job market, based on the economic trends, is a degree coupled with proven 21st-century skills that are not measured by any tests. What does your adult-ed program do to promote 21st-century skills?
Let me rephrase the question: Does your adult-ed program have a system that guarantees the development of 21st-century skills? If it does, bravo! But if it doesn’t, it’s not too late to take actions.
See, with Coach Bill Belichick (The New England Patriots Head Coach), players’ success is almost always guaranteed. He is known for his ability to transform average NFL players into Super Bowl Champs. In order words, he has a system that almost always works season after season.
That being said, you also need an effective system. And the most important element of your system should be a solid and effective teaching model or framework. Really? Yes, indeed. And to save you time and emotional labor, I have a recommendation for you.
A quick summary for adult-ed programs and teachers
Developed by the Biological Science Curriculum Study (BSCS), the model has 5 stages: Engage, Explore, Explain, Extend (or Elaborate), and Evaluate. And it’s an excellent tool for adult-ed programs and teachers that want to take advantage of the constructivist principles to maximize teaching and learning—for the benefits of the adult students they seek to serve.
In a nutshell, let’s go over what happens at each stage.
ENGAGE: Teachers assess learners' background knowledge and pique their curiosity.
EXPLORE: Learners discuss and construct their understanding of the topic at hand.
EXPLAIN: Learners use key terminology to share what they understand so far and clarify their thoughts and learning.
EXTEND: Learners explore the implications of their new knowledge and make connections with the real world.
EVALUATE: Both teachers and learners examine the depth of their understanding of the topic at hand.
Now, go change your students for the best!
PS: You might want to take a look at this real world-oriented learning facilitation guidelines for the adult-ed classroom.
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