Thursday, March 26, 2009

Back in the Classroom

I'm back in the classroom, teaching, although I'm not teaching at an independent school. I'm teaching as an adjunct at National Graduate School, a degree-granting institution with a focus on quality systems management. I'm teaching the first class of their master's program, and it's a weekend class. Four hours Friday after work and then all day Saturday, twice. So, different in many ways, but still familiar.

I don't know how other instructors teach the class; the school provides a set of powerpoints for each module, and I know there are faculty members who go through the ppt, slide by slide, with the class. I can't imagine.

So I did what's natural: discussions and group work. I can't imagine that in working with adult learners, learners who need more than lecture.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

What happened to your coast guard blog. very negative for months in the comments. we miss you. please come back and get it back on track.

Peter A. Stinson said...

Indeed... I'm composing a response... see http://cgblog2.blogspot.com/

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

I haven't been around for a while, and the last time I stopped by, I was in a different guise. Nevertheless, it's good to see you teaching again. How's it going?

Peter A. Stinson said...

Back in the classroom... nice, MMT, but not the same as before. I don't think it's a case of "you can't go home again," but rather working with experienced adult learners is different from working with teenagers. Frankly, the teaching of adult learners is more like what I do for my "real" (day) job.

One of the things I liked about teaching was being able to make difference in students' lives... not that teaching adult learners I don't make a difference, but it's, well, different, if you catch my drift.

Having said that, it is what it is... and I'll take it however it comes to me...

And you, MMT, in your new guise?

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

In my new guise, sir, I am thoroughly enjoying what I do where I am. The only thorn in my flesh is the low pay, but as I've blogged recently, the amount of trust and respect I am accorded in my new school more than makes up for the low pay.