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wants to think their life will be worse tomorrow than it is today. Within that
concept is our hunger to learn.”
to do when I left school. But I did have an insatiable appetite for learning
builder and there was nothing I loved more than helping him out with everything
from his paperwork, PA duties, mixing the perfect concrete, wall-papering old
ladies’ houses to out-right demolition jobs (I liked those ones a bit too
for learning, be so opposed to it formally?
for me in a way that concreted the direction my life would take forever…
learning about King Henry the Eighth and his wives.
asked him what the point was in learning about this. Henry was dead, after all,
and I didn’t understand how it was going to help me get a job.
bit. I was quickly called a ‘rude and preposterous little child’, he asked me
how I could be so stupid, and was ordered to leave his classroom until I ‘got a
brain’. I was humiliated, devastated, angry and frustrated. I had genuinely
wanted to understand the value of his lesson.
despite my repulsion towards it. But this sudden declaration from a
‘respectable’ person of authority – that I was ‘stupid’ and ‘had no brain’– hit
me like a train in the face. This stimulus turned into a fixed, concrete belief
that I was incapable of learning. My reaction was to withdraw, to hide from my
inevitable failure, to give up.
teacher. It’s my job to learn and his
job to teach. If I was a teacher, how
would I have answered that?.’
actually looked like, what they did and how they taught.
we learn, what engages and disengages us and what makes the greatest
transformational learning interventions.
space, with my first post being a Trainer in a male prison in the UK. By the
age of 21, I had worked my way up to a Training Manager in the welfare-to-work
sector, was well into my degree in education, and was already running my own
training organisation on the side that was teaching facilitators of adult
learning how to deliver effective and engaging training.
combined and my roles fuelled and informed one another. There began my journey of a life of
dedication to contribute to the field of education for the benefit of learner
and educator alike.
sector, I have come to learn that it’s not what
is being delivered, it’s the how.
compliance training captivating, you CAN engage the disengaged, you CAN make
English Literature magical, you CAN make any learning rewarding and
at best and detrimental to the continuation of a lifelong learning pathway at
Trainer, although important. I’m
referring to the considerations made to the learning experience during the
design of the intervention and, in particular, to the considerations of
aligning the training to the principles of adult learning.
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