Welcome to The Life of an Adult Educator

As an adult educator, I try to deliver the best instruction to my students that I can offer. My agency provides basic remedial instruction and high school equivalency instruction for 17-24 wishing to go into the workforce. It excites me every day to contribute my small part in educating the youth population.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Exploring Instructional Blogs(Class member)

I reviewed a blog that was posted on one of my classmate's blog, Cathy Moore, http://blog.cathy-moore.com. As I explored this site, it provides different resources to help you design curriculum for adults. Ms. Moore provides tips of what strategies what works and what doesn’t work depending on your audience. As instructional designers, the key to creating an effective curriculum is knowing knowing your audience and knowing how to keep them engage for the entire learning activity. 

Brain Based Learning

This week we explored brain base learning and information processing. Both of the articles examined provided theories of how the brain works and how instructional design can help students improve in the classroom. The first article, Learning to Learn: Understanding the Brain and Learning, written by Dennis Ryan, takes a look at how the brain process and retains information. The second journal entry, Examples of Instructional design for Social Studies According to Meaningful Learning and Information Processing Theories written by, Cem Babadogan and Fatma Unal examines the use of instructional design from theory to practice using examples from a social studies curriculum.
The first article provides key tips to extending short-term memory into long-term memory. Ryan examines the use of assessments of learning styles that have been created throughout the 20th century such as Myers-Briggs, Blooms Taxonomy, and the theories of Howard Gardner. Ryan presents eight study tips that will provide students with the tools to retain information long-term. Those tips are 1. Exercise-it provides stimulating proteins for the body; 2. See the Big Picture-summarizing materials can help the student connect the relevance of the material; 3.Set Goals- Write down information and study when they’re at their best; 4. Stay in Focused Mode- Remove all distractions if possible; 5. Take Breaks- Reward yourself to avoid fatigue; 6. Plan, Monitor and Assess- Ask how what, and why to gain deeper understanding; 7. Chunk- Break the information down into sections; and 8. Repeat to Remember-Repetition of new material is recommended. (Ryan, 2017)
In article two, Ausubel, a theorist and cognitive psychologist believe that learning occurs through remembering useful learning materials.(Babadogan and Unal, 2011) The teacher in this study provides the student with different concepts of human and natural elements; and the teacher provides several instructional examples such as short films, 3D drawings and photographs, and a map. As the lesson continues, the students are expected to provide feedback of what they knew from prior experiences and what they learned from the examples presented. At the end of the activity, Gagne, the developer of “ Instructional Design Model,” concludes that memory is the key component to learning. (Babadogan and Unal, 2011)
These two articles provide some insight of what I believe how the brain works, through memory and practicing retention of the information gained. They provided me with examples that I’ve found myself to have used in the past and currently use to retain information. As an educator, I strongly believe in repetition, the more it’s repeated, the better it’s remembered.


Ryan, D. (2017). Learning to learn: Understanding the brain and learning. Techniques, (4), 8.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Welcome to my brand new blog.
This blog is dedicated to those adult educators who work every day to help adults make a difference. In my opinion, adult educators often go unnoticed because they’re not working in the “K-12” arena. But yet, someone has to teach adults basic math and reading skills, employability skills to get that new job, basic life skills or any skill that will help them become a better person.