The implementation of my blog is to be used to share insights, observations and learning theories applicable to the teaching and instruction of adult students. Whether it be required learning through an employer or individual choices to expand one’s educational experience, many adults are returning to the classroom. As instructors and teachers, our role is to support and inspire adult learners. This can be a challenging role as the learning level of each adult student is individual. However, once we identify the needs, strengths and weaknesses of our seasoned learners; the rewards for both the student and the teacher as learning evolves is worth the effort.
Employed in the Forest Industry for over 29 years, my roles as Supervisor, Facilitator, Instructor and Trainer have blessed me with endless opportunities to work with every type of employee. When it comes to expanding one’s knowledge – whether it be union, staff or management; everyone is the same. There is a level of interest in “wanting to learn” if the instructor, teacher or mentor approaches the classroom with an open mind, supportive attitude and compassionate state of mind. Thus is so with the latest career change I have implemented for myself in the past year – as an instructor in a post secondary educational environment. I’ve always believed that the role of the adult instructor is not to direct, but to become a contributing positive support entity in the classroom; encouraging adult students to learn.