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My Philosophy

Thinking about my personal philosophy towards teaching has proven to be a daunting task. In order to help me think about the manner and style in which I teach, I have tried to break down my methods. In particular, I look at a large part of my teaching in training adults and non-traditional students. Because of this, I feel that my methods and style are not in line with the traditional philosophy of one who has a background in K-12 teaching. While the theories and methods are similar, there are many aspects that change in training adults and non-traditional students.

“Training for adult learners will incorporate presentation methods to engage as many of these styles as possible to be effective for a group of diverse participants.” (Post, 2010) As such I feel there are six important tasks one needs to focus on in order to be an effective trainer,:

1. Be an effective project manager.
2. Integrate technology into lessons.
3.Create a welcoming community.
4. Plan activities for all learning styles.
5. Communicate effectively.
6. Search out new uses for technology.


In my time in the MSET program I have learned a great deal about learning styles. It is something that has stayed with me since my time of teaching educational leadership in Washington D.C. Previously, I had learned that I was a Kinesthetic, Visual, Auditory learner. I finally understood why different subjects, teachers, and theories stuck with me more than others. I also learned that this affected the way I taught information to others. Now that I realize this, I will be sure to make it a point in the future of my training to make sure that I offer each type of learning style in my lessons. If I can’t, then I at least want to be able to offer the option of being flexible with my learners so that they are comfortable approaching me with an idea or method that works for them so they can complete their assignments or reflections.

Another thing that I have learned about distance education that matches well with my former life and current passion is creating welcoming communities. With adult learners, it is very important that they feel safe in their learning environment and able to communicate freely. The ability to share moments from their personal and/or work lives allows for more open dialogue in the classroom. Making sure that students to not feel disembodied from their user name, and that they feel understood and welcomed is something I am looking towards more and more. By integrating the technology of sharing photo stories, using video chat, creating podcasts for class interaction and discussion in these efforts, the virtual nature of each of our students and our classroom in general will be more humanized .

As a trainer, I also plan on managing my projects and classrooms more effectively. The lesson plans, rubrics, and instructional design methods that I gained in the MSET program will allow me to manage tasks, goals, and create assessments in a more effective manner, allowing me to grow contentiously. Along with this growth comes the opportunity to search out new uses for current technology and explore and further educate oneself on new technology as it comes out. The ability to explore if a piece of software or hardware is useful for the classroom is a lesson I am grateful for during my time in the program.

When it comes to being an affective trainer and educator, there is part of me that believes it comes from the want of sharing ideas. It is the ability to contentiously learn and share that really strikes me as one of the best kept secrets of education. There are so many ways for students to learn, and additionally so many ways to teach . In order to be an effective trainer and educator, I think one needs to be flexible; to question ideas; to test ideas and methods in a real life environment; and reflect on the lessons learned.

Resources:
Post, H. W. (2010). Fast family Support.org. Retrieved November 11, 2010, from http://www.fastfamilysupport.org/fasttraining/Other/teachingadults-whattrainersneedtoknow.pdf