Academic journal article Adult Learning

Spalding, D. (2014). How to Teach Adults: Plan Your Class, Teach Your Students, Change the World

Academic journal article Adult Learning

Spalding, D. (2014). How to Teach Adults: Plan Your Class, Teach Your Students, Change the World

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Spalding, D. (2014). How to Teach Adults: Plan Your Class, Teach Your Students, Change the World (Expanded ed.). San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass. 231 pp. ISBN 978-1118841365 (paperback)

How do you plan your classes and teach your adult students? How do you avoid becoming that teacher who assigns the class busywork or puts them to sleep with a boring lecture? In How to Teach Adults: Plan Your Class, Teach Your Students, Change the World, Dan Spalding (2014) offers practical teaching and classroom management suggestions for new teachers and experienced professionals.

In the preface, Spalding (2014) shares two reasons he wrote, and why we should read, the book. The first reason is to help new teachers understand how to design a course, grade student work, present course information, and develop their teaching persona. Second, he encourages experienced professionals to rediscover their passion for teaching and uncover new ways to grow as a professional. Spalding hopes this book will help and encourage teachers to teach themselves to be teachers. He presents useful suggestions and practical advice to start the teaching process efficiently and effectively.

Spalding (2014) arranges the book in a reader-friendly format, which covers theoretical foundations of teaching (Chapter 1), provides teaching and classroom management tools (Chapters 2-7), offers advice on how to develop a teaching persona and grow as a teacher (Chapters 8 and 9), and ends with a discussion on the future of education (Chapter 10). The subsections in each chapter contain clever yet informative titles. For example, Chapter 1 opens with "Safety First, Discomfort Second." In this subsection, Spalding discusses the importance of pushing students outside their comfort zone (where very little learning occurs) into the discomfort zone (where lots of learning occurs). Spalding uses a creative and insightful format to provide readers with real-life examples of teaching adults, helpful hints, and notes. …

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