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The new teaching methods

Updated on March 6, 2010

I am taking an introductory teaching course called preparing to teach in the lifelong learning sector. It is for post compulsory education. In other words, 16 years onwards. In my classes I have discovered that teachers no longer teach!! They deliver learning!! The thing is, if students do not learn, whose fault is it? Is it the tutor for not delivering the learning in the proper manner? Or the student for not taking proper delivery of it.

Should we be called teachers and tutors any longer? Are we now delivery men/women? Hmm. Very interesting!

Actually, once we get past the humorous comments, there is a lot of sense in the modern way that teachers are trained and how they are meant to deliver lessons. There are many things that I have learned that do make more sense than old teaching methods. Now teachers have to learn about inclusion, equality, diversity and differentiation. These are making sure that everyone has the same chances to learn. Everyone has the entitlement to be included in any form of education that they choose. To be involved in all relevant activities and diversity values the differences in all people regardless of race, religion, gender, disability or age. Differentiation is used to describe the different approaches to education to meet the needs of all kinds of individuals.

I find it very refreshing and right that now teachers are taught to have respect for the students. I have found in past jobs where I have had to train people that they learn much faster and with more willingness when they are shown respect and receive praise when earned. Even telling someone that you know they will do well gives them the motivation to try hard, particularly if they really are not interested. The respect they receive makes them want to please and in the end it often turns out that they enjoy their job and become very good at it.

I am finishing my course soon and hope to find a job teaching people to speak English or German. Up until 2007 anyone in the UK with a degree could teach in adult education without any formal teaching qualification whatsoever. This course is the first step in a qualification for teaching and gives a threshold qualification to teach in adult education. I am looking forward to starting.

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      Hummingbird5356 7 years ago

      Thank you very much.

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      Granny's House 7 years ago from Older and Hopefully Wiser Time

      Good luck in your new career. Teachers are special people

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      Hummingbird5356 7 years ago

      Thank you Micky Dee. So are you.

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      Micky Dee 7 years ago

      You're a positive force for good in the world Hummingbird! God bless you!

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      Hummingbird5356 8 years ago

      Thank you for reading my hub. Family circumstances caused me to miss going to university when I was younger but I was always learning something. Then after living in Germany for 15 years I returned to England and started my BA with the Open University when I was 49. I got my degree after 4 years. It is never too late to study. When I got my degree there were others there who were pensioners.

      I am glad you got there in the end.

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      gramarye 8 years ago from Adelaide - Australia

      I returned to education when I was 29. First did final year of high school, then went to uni ..... skip an uncounted number of years, and i now have a PhD. I could never have done this when I was younger. I was driven by wanting to change my life course, and a lot of poverty and a bit of hunger. It really paid off.

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      Hummingbird5356 8 years ago

      Thank you. I also believe that when adults make the decision to join a course then it is because they need it for their life or work or becuase they really want to learn something for enjoyment or to fill a gap in their education. Usually, they make good students because it is their choice to be there.

      They take part and often decide the course that the lessons will take. I know this from when I did a German course when I lived in Germany. Our tutor was also a tutor at the University and we decided we would work on the material she gave to her students there. I found that she was the best teacher of German I had in the whole time I lived there. She was from Yugoslavia and arrived in Germany knowing nothing of the language but when I knew her she had lived there for 12 years and was a professor of German at the University.

      Often, people do not get qualifications when they are young and when they are adults they come to education again. They usually find that it is a very rewarding experience.

      I find this field of education very rewarding and hope to continue in it.

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      Tony McGregor 8 years ago from South Africa

      I regard myself, other than as a writer, as an adult educator, or rather a facilitator of learning. I believe that adults come to the learning situation mostly to solve some problem or issue in their lives and they take responsibility for their learning. If they don't learn, that's their problem, in a sense. They are in charge. I as facilitator set the scene or help create the learning environment (which is not just the physical environment but the emotional one as well) to make the learning experience as positive as possible for the learner.

      There is so much to say about the whole field of adult learning and I have found it so exciting and so fulfilling during the more than 30 years I have been engaged in it. I hope you also find it so and continue to grow with the adults you interact with.

      Love and peace

      Tony

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      Hummingbird5356 8 years ago

      I hope so too, but I am sure I will. I am hoping to start volunteering soon to get some teaching experience at the local community college.

      Thanks.

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      Tricia Mason 8 years ago from The English Midlands

      I have taught in adult education and I absolutely loved it.

      I felt that I was 'enabling' others to learn, rather than simply 'teaching at' students ~ whether or not they took it in.

      It reminds me, a little, of the way Maria Montessori thought that children should learn. I think that even teachers of pre-16s are often considered to be 'learning enablers', now.

      I hope that you will enjoy it as much as I did.

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      Hummingbird5356 8 years ago

      Thanks for your comment and for the good wishes. A few years ago I couldn´t imagine teaching and now I am looking forward to it.

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      hotspur 8 years ago from England

      Now there are specialist quals for language, literacy and numeracy, I have seen improvements made in the FE sector in the nine years I've worked for an FE college. But we are still asked to implement things that are straightforward to do with native speakers but a mission to do with students who don't speak English. But we focus on students or learners or clients and bit by bit I think sense will prevail. Good luck with your teaching career.

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