The teachers in adult ed are mostly part-time and so under-resourced that it's no wonder they can't retain students and dread a new computer-based test like the sky is falling.
What a star-crossed pair! Has there ever been a match-up of two underdogs with the only hope being that they can help one another to achieve an unlikely goal? Their profile and position is defined by their limitations, and yet, those narrow parameters can help to focus their/our efforts. There is actually much cause for optimism.
The job in adult education is to thread the needle. Hustling is the name of the game. Despite the circumstances, the best bet is to double-down. Ask for more from each learner and teacher.
This is a very simple equation of integers here. A negative times a negative equals a positive.
Two underdogs together equals an even more potent Cinderella story. Be your own Prince Charming Teachers, throw the hail mary pass and see what happens.
Specifically, how do we raise expectations?
- Learners: put in more time studying in between classes.
- Teachers: play cheerleader and guide on the side, 24/7
- Learners: try new things, all of them - one of your options is going to pay off
- Teachers: dig up everything you can find on the content and the evolving ways to teach it and then model the versatility you demand of your students