Your most progressive learning environment was elementary school

dis·par·i·ty

 (dĭ-spăr′ĭ-tē)n.pl.dis·par·i·ties Unlikeness; incongruity.

It’s the disparity that hits you first. The moment you realize elementary school was more progressive than your employers learning department

Making connections with students’ own lives is to be a theme throughout. In a classroom in the Midwest, a student, using his own drawings explains to a small group of peers how a certain predatory beetle mimics ants in order to invade their nests and eat their eggs. Why? Each student has an individual teaching responsibility for the group. Learning to teach one another develops secure comprehension of their topics (Brown, et al., in press).

David Perkins American Educator: The Professional Journal of the American Federation of Teachers; v17 n3, pp. 8,28-35, Fall 1993

Based on corporate learning beliefs this elementary school teacher is using adult learning theory

To increase intrinsic motivation and positive affect for adult learners, professors should encourage competence in the classroom to promote autonomous behaviours as well as to validate students as an active partner in sharing the learning experience.

Adult Learning Assumptions Richard S. Baskas Walden University March 27, 2011

The learner as architect of their learning is not significant. The educator that improves learning by removing themselves from the learners learning is

….. knowledge generally defies active use, and routine skills often serve poorly because students do not understand when to use them. In short, we must teach for understanding in order to realize the long-term payoffs of education.

David Perkins American Educator: The Professional Journal of the American Federation of Teachers; v17 n3, pp. 8,28-35, Fall 1993

Why claim a special status, such as adult learning, if fundamentally you adhere to the spirit of learning?

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