You’ll have to be a good timekeeper because people can talk for hours when asked for personal experiences, but the extra facilitation needed will be well worth the gems your students have to share.  She busied herself in the kitchen doing her own thing, close enough to keep an eye on me and to answer my questions, but allowing me the autonomy to go at my own speed once Marilyn had shown me how to prepare one jar. The teacher appears” is a Buddhist proverb packed with wisdom when the student is ready.  In case the student isn’t ready to learn, chances are good he or she won’t, no matter how hard a teacher tries. What does this mean for you as a teacher of adults? Luckily, your students are in your classroom because they want to be. They’ve already determined that the time is right. It’s your job to listen carefully for teaching moments and take advantage of them.  Be flexible and teach it right then when a student says or does something that triggers a topic on your agenda. Teach a bit about it rather than saying flat out that they’ll have to wait until later in the program in case that would wreak havoc on your schedule, which is often the case.

More about principles for teacher of adult

Being out of the classroom for even a few years can make going back to school intimidating for most of the adults. It’s understandable that they would have some degree of apprehension about what it will be like and how well they’ll do in case they haven’t taken a class in decades. It can be tough to be a rookie when you’ve been an expert in your field for many, many years. Nobody enjoys feeling foolish. Your job as a teacher of adult students includes being positive and encouraging. Patience helps too. Give your older students time to respond when you ask a question. They may need a few moments to consider their answer. Recognize the contributions they make, even when small. Give them words of encouragement whenever the opportunity arises. Always remember that your students are adults. Speaking to them in the tone of voice you might use with a child is offensive, and the damage can be very difficult to overcome. Genuine encouragement from one person to another, regardless of age, is a wonderful point of human interaction. Pickle example: I’m a worrier. I worried about spilling brine all over Marilyn’s stove, about dropping the full jars as I lifted them out of the hot bath, about making a mess of her kitchen. Especially when vinegar was involved since it’s used for cleaning anyway, Marilyn assured me that spills were easily cleaned up. She encouraged me as I gingerly moved boiling hot jars. Throughout the pickle-making process, Marilyn remained calm, unruffled. She paused by me every once in a while to comment, “Oh, don’t they look beautiful!” I now have the confidence to make them in my own kitchen, and I can’t wait for my next batch of cucumbers to be ready because of Marilyn’s understanding of how to teach me, her adult student, the art of making dill pickles.