1.How will I attend to the individual learning style needs of the students, both instructionally and personally?
As students, if we can extend our learning styles, we have the chance of learning in a wider variety of situations. As teachers, tutors or trainer, we have a responsibility to ensure that we appeal to the whole range. It´s a pound to a penny that your class will contain students whose learning styles will differ wildly. No one of us learn in the same way.
Peter Honey identified four basic styles. The names he gives for each of these categories are activist, theorist, reflector and pragmatist.
Activist learning style
An activist, as the name suggest, enjoys active ways of learning.
Theorist learning style
There´s nothing theorists like better than to have their minds stretched and challenged.
Reflector learning style
The reflector likes to have plenty of time to observe what is taking place before embarking on a project.
Pragmatist learning style
Pragmatists like to be able to see the point of something.
Teacher have to take into account the different learning styles in order to make a lesson plan that will fit with their students individual learning styles needs. Since teacher are aware about that they have many students, and that all of them learn differently, they have to develop activities that are VAK (visual, auditory, kinesthetic). Teachers should know about their students’ strengths and weaknesses. How can teachers know about them? Teachers will know by measuring them in the activities they will carry out in the classroom.
Teachers can help their students to discover what kind of learning styles they have developed more and how can they develop the others. Students can know what kind of style they have by knowing how they do in the activities teachers carry out in the classroom. I discovered what kind of style I had by reflecting in which activities (reading comprehension activities, listening activities, and oral activities) I got good grades. When students discover what kind of style they have or have developed more, it is easier for them to learn things quickly. Also it is easier for teacher to look for activities that will fulfill their student’s individual learning styles needs.
2. How will I see growth in the learners according
to their stated needs/goals, as well as my course goals?
There are two words assessment and evaluation, and those words will help us to answer this question.
Assessment is all about checking your students´ progress and achievements. Assessment is vital for both you and your students to make judgments about their progress. Student assessment begins at the very first session.
As adults are this funny mixed of different experiences, knowledge, one of the things you are going to do is assess what your students know or can do. One way to assess your students is to give them a little entry test. Let them know that the test is just for you to know about their previous knowledge about the subject. After that during the course you can apply formative assessment.
Formative assessment is the kind of assessment you will do as the course progresses. You can know change to a new topic if the students have pitfalls.
Then teacher can apply summative assessment which takes place at the end of a unit or a course.
You can see the growth of your students by certain factors.
Student’s motivation is the first factor. This will help us to know if the students feel comfortable and motivated to continue learning new things.
The second factor is students’ attendance. If you have a good number of students in your class, it will show how successful you are. The more your students drop your classes, the less successful you are.
The students’ result is the third factor. It means that if most of your students get good grades, you are doing a good job.
To sum up, effective assessment:
- is directly related to the learning outcomes and aims
give the students a sense of achievement
With evaluation, you are either having to make judgments about you own work as a tutor, or getting someone in to watch you teach.
There many techniques or ways that you can use in order to measure your progress.
You can pass surveys to your students with questions that go straight to the point.
You can ask your students for general comments about the subject.
I can tell you more but what matter is to know if you have reached your course goals, and if your students have fulfilled their goals as well.
3. How do I use the
learner´s experiences within the instruction?
Teachers must consider their students´ previous experiences; teachers can reach this by asking questions related to different fields. For example, teachers can ask question like what is your profession. Do you speak more than one language? Do you like challenges? And so on. This will help teachers to know about their students´ previous experiences.
Teacher should remember that adults had had previous experience in the learning process. So, teachers are just going to engage the students in the process again.
Learning is hard, but there are additional reasons will find it harder than others. Not everyone can boast that they have had good experiences of learning in the past.Adult students engage in the activities and play their role very well when they are exposed to real life´s situations.