I have chosen five of the eight lesson planning components and provided an online resource for each that I will use in the future to improve the delivery of my lessons. For each component I’ve explained why I selected the resource and how I plan to use it. I have also posted these resources on my Trends and Roles Blog as well as the SIE Facebook Page.
Characteristics of Adult Learners
I chose Best Practices in Experiential Learning because I like the way this article provides an expanded definition which include s a list of characteristics that should be present in order to define an activity or method as experiential. It also touches on learner groups that have been shown to benefit from experiential learning and speaks to the role of the instructor. This article divides experiential learning two major categories: field-based experiences and classroom-based learning. I would use this in the future to help build lesson plans and design experiential activities, incorporating the steps listed. I will also use the examples provided in this article as a guide when assessing activities.
17 Tips to Motivate Adult Learners lists simple ways to motivate adult learners. It breaks down these tips and gives examples of how to apply them to lessons. This article is easy to read and includes links to other useful resources. I know from my own experience that adult learners tend to have a lot of “stuff” on their minds; this can create barriers to motivation. I will use these tips as a guide when trying to motivate future students.
This Giving assessment feedback article outlines the issues with assessment feedback as well as the characteristics of effective feedback on assessment. It lays out the most common concerns of students then further explains principles and strategies that can be used to guide the processes of preparing and providing feedback. I will use these principles and strategies when providing feedback to students to ensure it is timely, clear, and useful.
I chose Ice Breaker Games for Adults in the Classroom because it provides 10 easy games to break the ice with adult learners. I like that these games are fun, interactive, and age appropriate. Not only are these icebreakers good for introductions, but they also foster collaboration, active listening and inspiration. I’ll use these games to help engage students, make learning fun, and create kinetic energy and a positive learning environment.
7 Ways Teachers Use Social Media in the Classroom offers many examples of how teachers are incorporating social media into their lessons. Students are already familiar with using the Internet and many of the software programs required to reach higher-level thinking skills such as creativity, problem solving, comparison and contrast, and evaluation. I will use these examples as a way of moving students to this higher-level thinking. Using social media also creates another avenue for engagement and the opportunity to share their work with the world.