Nobody enjoys working on something that they don’t enjoy. As adults when we take classes we have the expectation to know what to expect and what is expected of us. Having this base knowledge for the course makes the entire learning procedure much more positive. I found this interesting article on creating a positive learning environment: http://www.brighthub.com/education/online-learning/articles/41064.aspx. I agree completely with this article when it talks about treating students in adult education. Facilitating the learning as opposed to just teaching the content is one of the main struggles I have as an instructor, but it is a definitely more positive and effective learning environment. Keeping up with effective and open communication with my students will show them the respect they deserve to help contribute to the learning. This positivity, in my area, can sometimes be extremely tough as some of the students are here only because they have to be in order to get a raise, not necessarily because they are interested in the curriculum.
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