Lesson Planning


Lesson Planning

Chris W Gilmore

Vancouver Community College

Caroline Alashhab Instructor


Blooms Taxonomy:

After research I have found that Blooms Taxonomy is a major foundation for education. Although there have been some who have made alterations, the basic foundation is still the same and very important to the Adult Instructor. Using the three domains, Cognitive, Affective and Psycho-motor, the lesson planning can be developed to meet the needs of the Adult Learners. Knowing that each of the domain levels lead to the next until the highest is reached is a guide to an Instructor on planning and building lessons. This is a must have in the tool box of an Adult Instructor.

Characteristics of Adult Learners:

Adult Learners in North America are increasing in numbers every year. Colleges and universities are scrambling to meet the diverse needs this group of learners have. Planning the course for the adult learner has to be developed in response to the immediate needs. Adult learners have their own personal view of the world and generally know what they need to survive or succeed. Past and present experiences form their view which in turn develops the adult learners’ motivation and barriers to learning. Every adult learner needs to feel respected and appreciated no matter what their needs are.


Creating a Positive Learning Environment:

I have memories of classes that did not make feel at ease and that is why I chose this topic. Reading that Instructors can gain the learners attention right away by using several possible scenario’s, should result in making learners feel at ease in their surroundings. Adult learners have knowledge already and most would like to share it under the right circumstances. They will involve themselves if they know that there are no “dumb questions” and there will be no sarcasm from anyone. I like the idea of creating dialogue in the classroom so the diverse needs can discovered and met.


Pre-Assessments are vital in setting the stage for the lesson because it provides much needed information to the Adult Instructor. Utilizing that information in the class will make the Adult Learners know that they are contributing and they will involve themselves in the lesson even more.

Post-Assessments are very useful in making sure the lesson presented has “hit the mark” with the Adult Learners. Having them write highlights of the lesson will show what has been learned. Also letting them write about any thing that was not understood will point out areas that need fine tuning by the Instructor.



I chose planning because I want to be able to design lessons that will deliver knowledge to all in the class. The lesson needs to help the Adult Learner gain knowledge in the best way possible using various methods. Turning the class into a community will set the stage for sharing and caring and bring lasting results. Involving the learners in mid lesson check ups, such as letting them create the questions of the day, will indicate the level of knowledge retention. The rewarding part of planning is being able to help the Adult Learners apply the knowledge into their lives.

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