New Insights on Adult Education

So far in this course, I am developing a greater appreciation for all of different learning and teaching styles.  As far as the education of future Registered Massage Therapists, I feel like I have learned a lot and still have much to process on the role instructors play in the classroom; however, the biggest insight gained is the importance of educating students to learn and continue learning.

It is vital to the success of our students future practices that we facilitate a learning environment that encourages and develops each students ability to continue to learn after graduation.  This will ensure they area able to stay current in new trends and research going on in our field.

I have a greater appreciation for the different types of learning theories, although, I do feel I could use a little more time to reflect and research  I have discovered that I gravitate more towards a humanism approach, but I can see the value and how other learning theories, like behaviorism and cognitivism.  My general philosophy and where I draw the most passion from teaching, is when I can use a more humanism approach, however, my specific institution uses cognitivism approaches as well and even some behaviorism.  Our clinical experience that students undertake also seems to gravitate towards a social cognitive approach.

I see the value of self directed learning, an have much more respect for giving students the freedom to explore and succeed and fail at something, to problem solve their way to understanding a classroom concept, to why a certain policy is relevant.  However, Merriam and Bierema (2014) statement “most adults are self-directed in major areas of their lives, the minute they walk into a situation labelled “education”, “training” or any of the synonyms, they hark back to their conditioning in school, assume a role of dependency, and demand to be taught” (p.48).  makes me realize how important it is to cultivate this in students.  As a senior administration staff member, this is something important I need to pass on to my instructors.

I am on week six of our ten week course, and I feel that as I do more reading in the text and researching articles for my lesson planning I will no doubt gain more insight.  However, I am also feeling a bit overwhelmed at the amount of information I am taking in, so some time to stop and reflect would be valuable as well as implementing some of my new knowledge.  That however will have to wait until after my maternity leave.

References

Merriam. S., &  Bierema. L., (2014). Adult learning Linking Theory and                                   Practice. San Francisco, CA:  Jossey-Bass.

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Lesson Planning – Classroom Mangement

I’m not good at classroom management.  I really don’t enjoy enforcing policies, or calling students out for cell phone usage, talking and eating during class.  When my class is large enough to warrant a teaching assistant I pass this role on to them.  I’m not sure if it is an issue with confidence, or more the fact that I just don’t enjoy feeling like a mother at school.  I came across this article by accident the other day and really like some of the techniques it recommends.  I specifically like the suggestions on page 10, 10 Things to Make the First Day (and the Rest) of the Semester Successful, I can see myself using these on the first day.

New Research in Parkinsons

I found this awesome article on new research on parkinsons.  Looks like skating is something parkisons patients can still do, and quite well.  Here is the link to the video about Dr Jon and his new research.  I cant wait to share this with my students, it seems like  a fantastic way to get the juices flowing on why, and how does this change the type of homecare we can design for a parkisons patient.  This is also a fantastic example of why it is so important to continue researching and exploring news and events in our field to ensure we stay current.

Lesson Planning – Ice Breakers

After learning more about the humanistic teaching approach, I am beginning to see the value in getting to know my students.  I want to strive to create a warm and open classroom environment, but also in the entire school.  I found this website on icebreakers.  I think the activity yes I have done that, would be a fantastic one to do at a student lunch.  I could modify it for the classroom as well and change it to a conditions they may have already treated and call it, yes I have treated that condition.

Reflections on Trends in Massage Therapy

There are so many new trends and research happening in the field of massage therapy.  Research on fascial and its implications on pain, stretching and muscle memory.  There has been a yearly congress on fascia to learn about the latest research and trends around this physical structure.  Thomas Myers has written a fantastic book on fascia and a new treatment protocol.

After reading the first 4 chapters of our PIDP 3100 text I have come to realize, that I can not address all this new research and trends in my industry in the classroom.  I am bound by time constraints and educational requirements.  However, I can teach my students how to be life long learners, I can educate in a way to facilitate their passion for knowledge.  I see now how important it is to  make life long learners out of my students!

Reflections on a skype call.

I had the pleasure of skyping with my learning partner Jesse over the weekend.  He is a welding instructor.  I didn’t realize how much the welding industry was changing, and how these changes may require re training for welders in the future to ensure they stay current.  Jesse was telling me 20% of welding is now shifting to be automatic.  So rather than having one welder doing the job, it is done by a computer. His article predicted a 20-25% further increase in automatic welding. Which means welders will need to retrain to remain competitive.    He also had an article on virtual welders, that take education to the next level.  The students would weld on a computer rather than in a shop.  Sounds like there are lots of exciting changes going on in the industry of welding.

Back pain

This is a fantastic article on back pain…..everything you need to know and forgot to ask!  I found this article to be a very useful tool to pass along to my patients, or even post in my clinic…even though it isn’t related to my course, it may be helpful to pass along to students as an example of ways to educate patients.