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Teaching, technology & Diversity

Age Related Teaching Tips

  • Do not make non-traditional and often older students feel excluded or singled out.
  • Make older students feel included in class discussions and in everything else.
  • Admit it when you don't know the answer to something and then follow up on it -- this helps build trust particularly with non-traditional and older students.
  • Keep an open mind in the classroom and stop trying to keep their classroom molded into one entity.
  • Try to be as organized as possible with your materials.
  • Whether you are a TA or a professor, do not feel intimidated by an older student. In essence, do not feel intimidated by a difference in age.
  • Take advantage of the life experience as well as the different perspectives the older students' brought into your class.