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Program Planning in Adult Education

March 4, 2011
Tribal Leadership
Ted Talk
That is a new term for me but the concept is age-old. David Logan has summarized society very well with a term that is not used, at least in education circles, very much if at all. Formerly, we might have used the term, cliques instead of tribal and now many are using PLN/PLE, or some form of networking. Logan does take all of these past and present terms a step further because there is a call to action. My school is a UNESCO school and there is a movement focusing on ME to WE which in essence describes the Tribal stage 4 where everyone is working together for the betterment of everyone. Technology allows us to take this stage to a global level connecting anyone, anywhere to provide opportunities for people with common interests and goals to work as a “tribe”.  I think that as educators, whatever level, and as leaders (tribal stage 5), it is our responsibility to demonstrate and instill in our students that we need to collaborate and not try to “step on each other to emphasize the ME” and to work together to make the world a better place. This will allow the innovators to make great strides and those who are not such great innovators to have the opportunity to produce their best.

March 1, 2011
Thoughts on Strickland’s Ted Talk
I jotted down statements that Strickland made that stood out loud and clear–statements that are so relevant in adult education, statements that allow the learning and the opportunities to happen.

Opportunity was spelled clearly in every thing Strickland talked about, and isn’t that what education is about–opportunities.

Tone and attitude about how you feel about people–they will produce–this is so important in adult education.

Costs of incidentals bring results–sometimes we forget about the details, but the environment is important that it is conducive to learning, making the learning feel comfortable and secure–that will bring results in learning.

Let people know they have value–again we often forget to do this, either because we are too busy or we feel the curriculum is too full and must be delivered at all costs. The learner is often forgotten–it’s all about the student!

World class environment gives world class behaviour.

What you think about people determines behaviour–we don’t always remember that our learners feel our thoughts towards them thus interfering with their learning.

Children will become like the people who teach them–and it is said that we become like those with whom we surround ourselves.

Stakeholders will invest if they see the value–as program planners, it is important to present the value and the rest will fall into place.

Mothers will go where their children are being celebrated–even if our adult learners don’t bring their mothers to class, etc., we must celebrate the achievements of our learners.

Change the way people see themselves before they will change their behaviour.

Be prepared to act on your dreams in case they comee true–we often don’t believe that our learners can do what we want them to do or learn.

February, 2011
It is time to organize my blog! I have added this page for the course I am taking from the University of Manitoba in the Emerging Technologies Certificate. I have an intro about me in the Flat Classroom Certified teacher page on this blog so I encourage you to read it there. I have completed the first two assignments in this course on values and beliefs in program planning for adult education as well as types of programs in adult ed. I have taught adult education for approximately 20 years in addition to teaching junior and senior high school. It is a different thinking to plan the program as opposed to teaching the program. I need to make a mind shift to think about the planning. When I reflect on my experiences, I realize that I have done some planning for adult education programming, however, there are so many facets to the planning that need to be considered and I am finding that very interesting. I am working on my third assignment, having chosen a topic for the two-day workshop that is near and dear to my heart–technology … should be interesting!

One thought on “Program Planning in Adult Education

  1. Getting involved in program planning does indeed require a “mind shift” from teaching, especially if you’re working with technology. Planning online programs is a very different, and more complex, task from planning in-person programs. It’ll be interesting to see what differences you discover between the two.

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