1. Introduction


Objectives: In this unit you will
  • Understand how the characteristics of the adult learner match you and your student
  • Analyze the characteristics and responsibilities of a good tutor
  • Consider the different meanings of adult literacy
  • Learn about learner-centered learning and learning styles
Estimated time for completing this section: 3 hours

Review

In the last unit, you familiarized yourself with the blogger format and the content in this online course. For those who are technologically savvy, navigating this course will be easy. Others might need more help from our online mentor or technical facilitator. For some, concepts offered throughout this course will be new. For those who have taught before, this course will seem like a review.

This online tutor training, therefore, is designed to teach volunteers with a variety of skills and knowledge. As you go through this unit, keep in mind that your adult students will also possess a variety of skills and knowledge that you will need to keep in mind as you design their lessons.

Note: This section is designed for tutors who have never taught before and whose knowledge of adult education and learning theory is brand new.

Teachers and those who are currently tutoring may take the self-review first, and then skim and skip to the sections that are unfamiliar.



58 comments:

Program Coordinator said...

Due to limited funding, our organization employs the Program Coordinator for just 16 hours a week. There is 40 hours of work to be done in this time, therefore, the time component is the biggest obstacle for me.

Kim Shelor said...

To date, the only obstacles I can see for completion of this course is finding the time to fit it into a non-profit schedule.

Queen Of My Castle said...

I have recently taken this position on a part time basis. Our Literacy program was pretty much on hold for several months after the previous person had left. The office had been packed up and put into storage. During the hours I am at the agency, I am busy interviewing clients & prospective tutors, administering TABE tests, as well as attempting to learn and organize the materials we have available. I know that I will have to make the time at home to complete this course.

tutorgirl said...

I will have few obstacles in completing the online training because i will be able to work on it during office hours. I will have little distraction. I am motivated to complete this course as a part of my on the job training as a new employee of Literacy Volunteers. It will also enable me to help me in training tutors.

Biltz said...

I am not too concerned about completing this online. This fits my schedule much more easily than afternoon classroom training.

beth said...

The time flexibility will be crucial for me to be able to complete this program. It looks doable over the next few months.

lillian said...

I am a busy person, but I make time to do what I want.

Pat said...

I can do this

jack said...

I believe I can complete the course. The time flexibility will help.

Ms. Ovette said...

I'm old school & haven't haven't had much experience with online learning. But that business about old dogs and new tricks...They're wrong.

Fernando said...

One of the main obstacle that our leaners might have is the lack of school education. Some of them perhaps had tostop attending to school at a very young age to star working, there for they do not know how to study

Paula said...

Online learning offers the flexibility I need but lacks the face-to-face interaction that I find motivating.

dianer said...

Conflicting schedules will be my obstacle. Work, other volunteer, school, and soon relocation will be problematic. But I will commit this semester and hopefully more in the future. Perhaps there will be an adult literacy program closer to the area I will be moving.

marcy said...

This is interesting material.

Marcy

JWKing said...

I feel that I have a full schedule of activities...that is not saying there is not room in my schedule to do more. At the end of my day as a teacher, I seem to have a schedule of additional commitments (students, committees, homebound teaching, and now tutoring). I am sure my learner has their own schedule and schedules of other family members to juggle as well. Hopefully, we can both find that late afternoon block of time in the midst of our hectic schedules to sit quietly and focus on our project--literacy.

JWKing said...

I feel that I have a full schedule of activities...that is not saying there is not room in my schedule to do more. At the end of my day as a teacher, I seem to have a schedule of additional commitments (students, committees, homebound teaching, and now tutoring). I am sure my learner has their own schedule and schedules of other family members to juggle as well. Hopefully, we can both find that late afternoon block of time in the midst of our hectic schedules to sit quietly and focus on our project--literacy.

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Maureen said...

As with everyone else, time is the issue. I'm taking advantage of my supervisor's baby FMLA (with her permission) to eke out some time for this course.
Maureen

Mardet said...

This will really be helpful in giving me ideas for how to plan a program trained to assist with literacy issues at my current place of employment.

Lee said...

I think another obstacle to an adult learner might be an impatient tutor. I hope I am understanding of the students schedule and pace of learning. I hope I can be encouraging and not add to their stress.

Mutahara said...

As most of the others have mentioned, the biggest problem as an adult is to juggle a full-time job and home duties and try to find time to complete the course in a timely manner.

Marian said...

Using the library computer for this might not work. Time to get one.

Marian said...

I have helped production workers with computer navigation, which they had to learn in order to view their pay stubs. Of course some were much more computer savy than I was, but I enjoyed putting the hesitant and intimidated folks at ease; assuring them that 2 fingers were just fine for typing - even 1!

corn said...

I'll have time to complete the course. Faith

corn said...

I'll have time to complete the course. Faith

corn said...

I'll have time to complete the course. Faith

corn said...

I'll have time to complete the course. Faith

Linda said...

I'm working full-time. Which means time is precious. I always find time, however, to do the things that are important.

Jo L said...

I don't foresee many obstacles other than my setting aside the time during the holidays to do this.

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karenzpt said...

I think I will do fine with the online format and materials. I am looking forward to learning the materials.

Lynn said...

I welcome the opportunity to review all material.

neg said...

I am not too concerned about completing this online. This fits my schedule much more easily than afternoon classroom training.

positive one said...

I feel that some adult learners feel they should know everything yesterday. In considering ESOL students, it must be difficult to be proficient in your own language, and have to start all over again to learn English. I feel that some adults become discourage and this causes them to not want to continue with tutoring lessons.

Susan said...

Have limited time between the basic overall training and the ABE training that I also need. This has to be finished first.

ChrisPrit said...

Learning about all this should be helpful - I plan to be a teacher in the future, so I consider this a sort of "mini-prep".

SNelson said...

Because I volunteer with the homeless population as an outreach worker (for the last year), I am sometimes amazed at the lack of and abundance of education some of my clients possess. Some have bachelors, associates,many with high school diplomas and some GED's. What amazes me the most is lack of reading skills of those with high school diplomas and GED's. Many of my clients are very artistic - through drawing, painting and playing musical instruments. Therefore recognition of the many skills my clients possess will prove to be my main source in developing my partnerships while tutoring.

RR said...

The biggest obstacle that I see is time - or lack thereof. I work and so does my learner. We regularly set time aside on Monday evenings but if Monday is a holiday, trying to make up the time is very difficult.

Carissa Priebe said...

I am excited to get started on this training course to gain experience in tutoring, which will help me obtain my goal of becoming a Peace Corps volunteer and teaching English as a 2nd language; however my biggest obstacle will be online learning, as I am used to and very much enjoy the interactions of a classroom setting

karen said...

Time and funding are the biggest restraints for me.

Megan N said...

I don't see many obstacles at the moment time wise, I feel pretty computer savvy and since I am a senior in high school, I think I will have plenty of time to make my way through this course.

Kenneth Zen Bodhi said...

Since I have taught before, taking the self-review test.

domthom92090 said...

I can and will do this BECAUSE THIS IS TRULY NOT ABOUT ME, IT'S ABOUT THEM. This is important and can mean life or death to someone. I'd rather be a help than a hinderance and for me, not providing MY time and a little extra effort, is a hinderance. There are too many adults in the world who would benefit from just one tutorial session. The fact that someone takes the time to be patient enough to LISTEN, not judge them and offer them assistance, can mean the world to them. I'm Paying It Forward!!! I didn't get here by myself and to much is given, much is required.

MuddyPaws said...

I look forward to participating in this program.

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Kim Gerlach said...

Excited to begin

Lyssa W said...

I look forward to sharingf the rewards of tutoring.

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Roger Innes said...

I think all people should be given a chance to learn to read. I have met too many adults in this part of the State who are unable to do so and I hope I can help a few

Roger Innes

Sara Lindley said...

This part completed.

Joanne Higginbotham said...

I love this program and the opportunity to help other adults learn the skills to do what they would like to do and to be better parents.

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Stacy Bullock said...

I'm not sure if I'm supposed to reply or not, but I have read this section. Thanks, Stacy Bullock

Jewell Pradier said...

I see very few obstacles to completing this course. It just takes a combination of time management and the desire to complete the training. I am quite excited about getting started. As someone noted, on-line courses provide flexibility, however it lacks the face to face interaction of fellow classmates in a classroom environment.

Sherry Unruh said...

I don't see any obstacles at this time.

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