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Topic: Teaching and Learning

Topic Posted by: Melissa Cheung
Date Posted: Mon Feb 15 5:01:23 US/Eastern 1999
Topic Description: What are your beliefs about how people learn? How does your teaching style and school system work to accommodate how people learn?

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Posted by: Kim Loomis
Date posted: Thu Apr 26 17:07:44 2001
Subject: Adult Learners
Message:
As a member of the professional devepolment carde in our school district, it is most important to keep in mind the ways adults learn best. As I think about this issue, I tend to think that adults don't learn different than children. Both need experiences that are engaging, that empower them as a learner, while seeking their own knowledge. As it is so easy to "just tell" the students in the classroom, it's just as easy to "just tell" the adult learner - often times more easy, since we don't want to 'waste' an adult's time. In any form of learning experiences, the ultimate goal is to have ownership of the knowledge base. When you look up "ownership" within the thesaurus you will find 'take part in,'take pleasure in,' and 'possession of,' all of which are in contridiction of "just telling."


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Subject: Adult Learning
Reply Posted by: June Mills
Organization: ccsd
Date Posted: Fri Apr 27 17:08:37 2001
Message:
Amen. I agree with you when it comes to learning.:-)


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Subject: adult learners
Reply Posted by: Prudence Ganz
Organization: ccsd
Date Posted: Fri Apr 27 17:13:18 2001
Message:
I agree with you. I feel it's important to engage your students ( adults as well as children) in learning in a variety of ways.


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Subject: Adult Learning
Reply Posted by: Scott Berg
Organization: ccsd
Date Posted: Fri Apr 27 17:19:58 2001
Message:
I agree with your view on adult/child learning. I teach using the 7 modalities and believe that age doesn't change the way you learn. P.S. What is "devepolment carde"?? :) Ha ha


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Subject: Adult Learning
Reply Posted by: Rebecca S. Jackson ([email protected] )
Organization: ccsd
Date Posted: Sun Apr 29 2:43:45 2001
Message:
I'm one of those adults who just wants the answer. I get frustrated with playing around to find the answer and have not found that I have "ownership" in knowledge just because I spent a lot of time looking for the answer. I have found that I retain information that I looked up or found because I truly had a need or desire for the information. Such as when I was diagnosed with cancer. I spent a great deal of time researching cancer and am still amazed at how much of the information I researched I still retain. I think the ownership you refer to doesn't come from the process of investigating, but from the desire to know the information being investigated. How do we make students (children or adults) want to know the information! That is the key question.


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Subject: Learning
Reply Posted by: Leslie Broidy
Date Posted: Mon Apr 30 23:46:28 2001
Message:
I find learning an interesting thing. I feel that to truly learn one has to be taught in the modality they learn the best. Sometimes as teachers we tend to use the modality that is comfortable for ourselves and then wonder why some of our students "just don't get it." As an adult we are no different in our learning than we were when we were children. The only difference is we know more about ourselves and are able to say, "I learn best by seeing it," or "I learn best by picking it up and discovering every thing there is to know about it." Which ever way we learn, we have come to recognize it and adapt our situations to learn in the environment we like best. I think this is why so many classes offered are diversed in their teaching styles. I also think this is why we tend to tune out quickly when something is being taught in a way that we don't learn.


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Subject: Adult Learners
Reply Posted by: Jo Kroll ([email protected] )
Organization: ccsd
Date Posted: Mon May 7 21:07:38 2001
Message:
I definitely agree that children and adults learn in the same way. I do agree with Becky that the key to having children (or adults) really "own" their knowledge is to engage them in learning about something that they have a desire to learn about. I think that lack of desire is a tricky element to deal with in teaching. That is why it is so important to be enthusiastic and creative when presenting a topic.


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Subject: adult learners
Reply Posted by: Sharon Pearson
Date Posted: Mon May 7 22:02:58 2001
Message:
I spend a lot of time in my class 'experiencing' learning, but I agree that the modalities should actually be the first to be taken into consideration. As we talk about learning, we focus on one answer--experiential. Is it truly the only answer? I don't think so. If not, why aren't we also exploring the other modalities? Why do we focus on one rather than moving forward to help all our learners learn? I agree that motivation is the #1 issue. So, why aren't we talking about that?


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Subject: Adult Learners
Reply Posted by: Leah Perryman
Date Posted: Tue May 8 1:24:35 2001
Message:
This is obviously a hot topic. I agreed with some of the comments about experiencing is not the only way to reach children or adults. I have a student in my second grade math class, that draws a blank when he's given the problem 32-18. Even after experiencing and listening to others share a wide range of strategies, he draws a blank. He needs one method (a step by step process). If there are too many options, it is easy for him to confuse them and not take ownership of any. The blank paper continues to look blank. Some children need a method to get them started that they can take and own for themselves.Adult learners can be like children, they too can be given a lot of strategies and ideas for teaching a given topic. When too many stratigies are given, they can confuses the ideas and not take ownership of any. Sometimes adults need to be led as well.


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Subject: learning
Reply Posted by: lai lum
Date Posted: Tue May 8 18:04:22 2001
Message:
I agree that adults learn the same as children due to our various learning styles and we are just the larger version of kids. What I have a difficult time with is the idea that as teachers we must teach to little kids in their learning styles (as many as possible to reach as many children as possible) but as adults we are usually taught in one style. (lecture,book,paperwork) Isn't this hypocritical?


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Subject: adult learners
Reply Posted by: Stacie Noordeloos ([email protected] )
Organization: Venice High School
Date Posted: Tue Mar 19 18:54:31 2002
Message:
I teach chemistry and there are many times that I find myself simply telling my students the information that I wish them to know instead of letting them to discuss and take more of an active approach to their learning experience. I do labs and that helps a great deal to help them to feel like they are learning through experimentation. I feel like I should spend more time allowing my students to relate the subject matter we cover in class with their own real life experiences. Sometimes this really isn't feasible, but I feel like I should make more of an effort to do this.


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