Reflection On Adult Learning

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Together we have been on a journey of personal growth. I know, as I have written this book, a lot of transformations have taken place in my own life, both personally and professionally, in a relative short period of time. When I first had the idea for this book I was recovering at home after my emotional meltdown. I had asked myself the question, “Why do some students want to learn in school and others do not?” “Why do some want to use the opportunity of having free education whilst others do not appreciate what they have?”

A few years ago, I went on a trip to The Gambia with three other teachers. We went to support our partner school. When we arrived we realised the students had basic equipment. We were using a blackboard and
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It is not easy to take time to reflect deeply and to focus on where you are now in your life, and the steps you need to take to get to the next level. If you have found the process difficult, do not be hard on yourself, just go back another time and re-read the book and when you are ready complete the exercises. Adult learning is different than learning in a classroom; you have more choices regarding how and when you will learn.

The first choice you had to do, was to decide you wanted to start to do something different to make the most of opportunities that came your way. Once you had made the start, you then surrounded yourself with people who wanted to help you along this journey. You chose your team. Dealing with your emotions was one of the hardest things you had to do. It would have been easier to dwell on the effects of events which had happened in your life, but for real personal growth you needed to look at the
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We are now able to have a different response, than the majority of people, when opportunities come our way. We have also learnt the skills to be active listeners. As this has now become a habit, we now have better relationships as we are using more effective communication skills. We are more committed in our activities both personally and professionally. We have examined what our core values are and their importance to us. We have also examined in detail what can happen in our lives if we have the right attitude. We have explored the advantages of not staying in the crowd and why being in the minority can be a good place to be. Finally, we have discovered new ways, to help us to reach our own goals.

If you put these strategies in place, you will be better motivated. Like my students in The Gambia, you will want to have high aspirations in your personal and professional lives. You will not only have higher aspirations; you will also have the skills to say yes when remarkable opportunities are presented to you.

If you have completed each of the action point tasks at the end of each chapter, you will have a record of the transformational changes which have taken place in your life, as you have read this book and applied the learning to your own unique situation. Like me, I am sure, you too have accomplished things you thought before were impossible.

As we have been on this transformational journey, a lot of learning has occurred

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