Journal entry 1: “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you will go, “writes Theodor Seuss Geisel, widely known as Dr. Seuss, in his book I Can Read With My Eyes Shut (1978, p.27). Page 104
What caught my attention with this quote was how true it is particularly for adults. We are always learning in a thousand different ways. That we as adults can take our experiences, professional and personal, and they form the foundation of new learning. This follows the theory of philosopher and educator John Dewey that learning is a lifelong process. It requires us to apply and adapt our experiences and those of our students, to new learning.
What I realized about teaching as a result of this quote is that learning is ever evolving and a lifetime event. As a teacher I must open myself to other experiences, to ensure that they assist me in my learning journey and not hinder or stall it.
The “Aha!” moment was connecting reading and learning symbiosis. It opened my mind as an adult educator to the possibilities that lay ahead. The key insight I have from this quote is that any kind of reading can take you anywhere you want to go. It does not have to be “literature” or “educational”. It can just be for fun. This is a theory that I have always believed in but have not previously read any actual studies.
This quote has made me realize that I can use a variety of written works to assist my students. It can assist them to better problem solve and move forward in learning. They can also discard previously held truths and embrace new ideas.
Journal entry 2: “Carr’s (2008) article “Is Google Making Us Stupid?” P. 200
This quote really spoke to me. I love the internet for looking things up but often find I cannot stay focused on the answer! Carr found that his ability to concentrate shifts as the internet is not passive or neutral. It provides conclusions based on the authors perspective. This information can be correct or not. We are no longer linking thoughts, ideas and reflections. There is nothing “deep” in the Google search unless we choose to look.
What I realized about teaching as a result of this quote is that while the internet is a great resource it should only be one tool that I use. That I must include other forms of learning with what I learn online. There must be a collaboration of ideas and that allow students to take the time to analyze a theory and use it.
The “Aha!” moment made me examine my own personal surfing habits. I too fall for the “easy” answer sometimes. I do not look deeper or confirm what I have read on line. It has not changed my desire to be an adult educator but rather about how I would approach teaching on line.
The quote “Is Google Making Us Stupid?” has emphasized to me that I need to be careful using direct quotes from Google in my teaching. I must also emphasize to my students to risk in doing so. The internet is only one tool that I can use in teaching, not the only one.
Journal entry 3: Feminist pedagogy principles parallel good adult education. P. 218
This quote actually surprised me. I never really thought of an ideology as a teaching method. Feminism focuses on creating an environment of equality that makes sense in the classroom. To create a place where ideas can be shared with both sexes and critiqued to lead to a common understanding of what is being taught.
What I realized about teaching as a result of this quote is that we can respect the experiences of all students, regardless of gender. Thus we can empower them by creating an environment of equality. This can encourage students personal growth by observing other behaviors and through those observations learn to advance skills in themselves they may have felt were lacking.
The “Aha!” moment was the impact we have by respecting the student’s experiences (before we even know them) and what they can contribute to the class. That by the very nature of them being Adult learners gives them a cache of knowledge that younger learners do not have. Enlightening, but also a little frightening.
The quote is one that I will refer back to as it is how I will strive to keep an equal balance in the classroom. One that respects each student and the contribution they bring to the classroom.
Journal entry 4: “In order for us to remember something, that “something” has to enter through our senses, that is, we have to attend to something that we see, hear, taste, smell or touch. P.173
I chose this quote because it reminded me of how I use clothing to remember people. When I teach, to help students remember, I will have to introduce different sensory stimuli for example, tactile and even smells to help them retain knowledge. Each student will react to one or more of these senses to help them retain the knowledge.
What I realized about teaching adult learners is that they have a trickier time learning than they did back in the day when they were younger. They may be having a harder time hearing or seeing what I am presenting. I must ensure that I speak in a clear and concise manner. That my visual aids be visual! And I must reassure the students that if I cannot be heard or understood to let me know.
The “Aha!” moment was how the quote speaks to the bombardment of different stimuli we get each day through cell phones, PC’s, and even advertising in an elevator. As an adult educator I must provide appropriate stimuli to all the learners (senses to stimuli) so that they can be better served.
In order for us to remember something, that “something” has to enter through our senses, that is, we have to attend to something that we see, hear, taste, smell or touch. As an adult educator I must use media, textiles, current subject tools and lectures to ensure I am reaching my learners long term memory.
Merriam, S.B. and Bierema, L.L (2014). Adult Learning: Linking Theory and Practice, San Francisco, CS: Jossey-Bass
Theodor Seuss Geisel, (1978) I Can Read With My Eyes Shut, Barnes & Noble. 26 October 2011. Retrieved 11 October 2014
Carr, Nicholas,(2008) Is Google Making us Stupid?