Thinking about past experiences in the classroom that were the most challenging for me I know I learned a great deal from those experiences. However, I feel it is important to acknowledge that my assumptions or feelings about people and things involved in the experience may have influenced the way I moved forward with that learning. Brookfield (2015) talks about the importance of looking at things from different perspectives to fully understand and make meaning from our experiences. As adult educators, I believe that reflecting on experiences in the classroom from different perspectives is an important piece if we want to effectively support our diverse student population with their learning needs.
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[Sarder TV]. (n.d.). Russell Sarder feat. Michael Marquardt. Learning is … Reflecting on Experience [Video
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