Final Reflection Essay

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For this final reflection paper I am asked to consider how I have changed as a result of my learning experience in the Adult Education Program. My answer to this question is to state that the changes are numerous and changes have occurred in ways that I did not expect. Through this education I have developed my critical thinking skills. As a result I am considerably more competent at deciphering information and seeking out appropriate sources of information before making any decisions on whether or not I will place it in my personal knowledge library. And, I certainly take greater care in ensuring that I have obtained sound and well researched information before I share this knowledge with others in a learning environment. As a result of my education, I have developed a real appreciation of diversity, the individual learning process, and what these qualities can bring to the learning environment. Although I have always known that individuals learn differently, the understanding of the individual’s experiences as a real influence on learning was profound for me to realize. One of the most reflective learning events for me was the concept of micro aggression. I was clearly able to see, much to my surprise, and disappointment, just how often I, myself, used micro aggressive statements that I often considered harmless. The reality of this awareness has significantly changed the words I choose in my interpersonal relations both personally and professionally. It has also increased my ability to recognize how my body language and tone can affect how my words may be perceived by others. Currently I am working with Job Corps teaching very diverse and socio-economically disadvantaged youths ages 16-24. It is very fitting that I began this... ... middle of paper ... ...t I wanted to fit in to and making poor decisions that resulted in some unpleasant consequences. I am always touched when they look at me quizzically because I do not ‘fit’ the description of a former troubled youth. I believe it may give them a giggle and perhaps a bit of hope that they also can do something more if they put in the effort. When I started this program I thought that I was going to be learning how to teach adults how best to learn. This was not the case. I learned about the value of the self-directed learner, and in the process, became one myself. It is with sincere appreciation that I write this final reflection paper in anticipation of my graduation. However, it is with even greater appreciation that I am able to utilize what I have learned, and will continue to learn, in the classroom with students who allow me an opportunity to pay it forward.

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