Accept the Challenge (but don’t be too disappointed at failure)

So what about this?

How can we meet the diverse needs of our students?  Or can we?

I think that in general, students need to learn to adapt to the expectations set out for them in the world of adult education.  Similarly, in the workplace, they will be expected to abide by the workplace rules.  Brookfield (2015) reassures us that we can never fully address diversity to the satisfaction of all of our learners.  “There are just too many variables, to be accounted for, too many choices, too many contradictions” (p. 108).

Successfully addressing diversity in the classroom will never happen.  Instructors can’t meet everyone’s needs all the time.  We are bounded by our own personalities, abilities, knowledge and experience.  As well, we cannot change curriculum and course requirements on a whim.  But, we do what we can.  If our goal is to help students learn, we must be willing to constantly change our activities in response to what we discover about the diverse students we are working with.

Reference:   Brookfield, S. D. (2015). The skillful teacher: On technique, trust, and responsiveness in the classroom (3rd ed.). San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

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