Do you treat your adult students like they were your customers?
Do you treat your adult students like they were a product to which you add value?
Do you treat your adult students like they had simply leased a chair in your classroom?
- If you treat your adult students like they were your customers, do you then try to exceed their expectations by asking them what they are?
- If you treat your adult students like they were a product, then what type of value do you attempt to add: value from the textbook or online sources or do you bring in to the classroom “real world” experiences that you have had?
- If you treat your adult students like they had simply leased a chair, do you simply lecture to them and grade their homework and exams or do you attempt to encourage in-class interaction?
Did you know that some of your adult learners learn by doing while others learn by reading, and still others learn by watching and listening? It is very important to keep the attention of the adult learner and make sure that what you are sharing with them is relevant to what they are learning and not just a bunch of textbook “mumbo-jumbo.”
Most all adult learners carry cell phones with internet access which can be a valuable learning tool in the classroom asking them to check out certain facts that you have shared with them in the classroom before they leave. True, some students will text their friends but others will take that opportunity to gain your trust and respect.
What type of teacher are YOU!
- Do you spend a lot of time preparing, so it appears to the adult learner that you have taught this course several times before or do you simply rely on your knowledge?
- Do you bring current events into the classroom and relate those to the course materials?
- Do you challenge your students?
- Do you prepare lesson plans, making sure that you have more activities than allocated time?
- Do you know how to prepare lesson plans – a road map for your students with learning objectives?
BTW, your adult learner is your customer!!!