By Glory Benacka | May 21, 2018

Lifelong learning is imperative to your success, especially in today’s world of rapidly changing technology and the explosion of information available at your fingertips. Your access and attitude to learning as an adult is not only tied to your professional wellbeing and advancement but also enriches the quality of your free time and can provide unique social experiences too.

Adult learners bring to the classroom decades of experiences and knowledge. This makes teaching adults exciting and surprising. It can also present unique challenges to teachers. An adult course can include students from diverse backgrounds that range from 18-75+ years old. Of course, teaching adults is incredibly rewarding and classroom management is, more or less, never an issue. Phew! Plus, you’re never too old to learn something new!

CLASS, Salina Public Library’s Community Learning and Skill Sharing program, is continuously searching for skilled community members to teach adults in the Salina area. Our students are interested in participating in classes on fitness, foreign languages, gardening, writing, cooking, crafts, games, hobbies and more. Many of our most successful classes offer an introductory opportunity for students to explore a new subject as beginners. Though lifelong learning can take place anywhere, anytime, sometimes adult students need and desire the focus, social and in-person experience a classroom setting provides. Teachers come to CLASS from all levels of experience, professions and passions, and we love being able to facilitate the administrative aspects of the class so teachers can focus on sharing their expertise.

Maybe you have something you’d like to share with CLASS students but would like a framework for approaching the adult classroom. We are excited to be offering a new class this summer, “Helpful Hints for Teaching Adults,” in an effort to enhance the quality and experience of our community’s adult teachers. This new course will be offered this summer, Saturday, July 21, from 10-11:30 a.m. and again this fall (dates TBA). Registration is open at salina.coursestorm.com. The instructor Janet Fisher, a seasoned adult teaching professional and member of the CLASS Advisory Board, will lend her expertise to teacher-students looking for an overview of principles and methods for working with adult learners. Janet brings to this class 20 years of teaching experience in addition to a B.A. in elementary education from Kansas University and an M.A. in technical teacher education from Pittsburg State. This class is great for anyone interested in learning more about working with and teaching adults anywhere. This course is encouraged for anyone considering teaching a course for CLASS too!

Do you have a great class idea and are interested in teaching adults?  Fill out a CLASS Proposal Form and/or contact CLASS Coordinator Kaitlyn Schneweis for more information via [email protected] or (785) 825-4624, ext. 218.