Essay 5: Knowledge of adult learning theories
Knowledge of adult learning theories provides a foundation for understanding teaching and learning. An effective teacher can apply theoretical knowledge to the everyday classroom, whether it is in a traditional or online learning environment.
For this assignment, select a topic within your content area that you anticipate teaching. Create a 500 or more word instructional outline describing how you will teach your chosen topic. Include the following in your outline
• A brief summary of information about your chosen topic and how you intend to teach it.
• One student engagement strategy from your Topic 4 assignment that would assist in teaching your chosen topic and how it would be implemented.
• One of the best practices identified in your Topic 5 assignment that would be appropriate for teaching your chosen topic and how it would be implemented.
• One technology tool from your Topic 6 assignment that could be used to assist in collaboration in this topic and how it would be implemented.
• Two recommended best practices for incorporating technology tools when teaching your chosen topic, appropriate for both traditional and online learning environments.
In addition, write a 250 or more word rationale evaluating how your instructional outline aligns with adult learning theories in both traditional and online learning environments.
Support your findings with 2-3 scholarly resources.
You must proofread your paper. But do not strictly rely on your computer’s spell-checker and grammar-checker; failure to do so indicates a lack of effort on your part and you can expect your grade to suffer accordingly. Papers with numerous misspelled words and grammatical mistakes will be penalized. Read over your paper – in silence and then aloud – before handing it in and make corrections as necessary. Often it is advantageous to have a friend proofread your paper for obvious errors. Handwritten corrections are preferable to uncorrected mistakes.
Use a standard 10 to 12 point (10 to 12 characters per inch) typeface. Smaller or compressed type and papers with small margins or single-spacing are hard to read. It is better to let your essay run over the recommended number of pages than to try to compress it into fewer pages.
Likewise, large type, large margins, large indentations, triple-spacing, increased leading (space between lines), increased kerning (space between letters), and any other such attempts at “padding” to increase the length of a paper are unacceptable, wasteful of trees, and will not fool your professor.
The paper must be neatly formatted, double-spaced with a one-inch margin on the top, bottom, and sides of each page. When submitting hard copy, be sure to use white paper and print out using dark ink. If it is hard to read your essay, it will also be hard to follow your argument.