Ted has worked in adult education for close to twenty years, both in private industry, where he served as a training manager, and in the military, where he was responsible for the DoD Pesticide Applicator Training Center at Camp Zama, Japan. He has experience with both in-person training and online training, and one of his computer-based training modules won the Educational Project Award from the Board Certified Entomologists of Mid-America.
Practice has shown him that students learn more and are more involved in classes when, rather than having an instructor standing up in front of them delivering information, students are given activities that lead them to the lesson’s learning objectives.
What does this look like in practice? Instead of an instructor giving a PowerPoint presentation on cockroaches, students are given actual samples that they might find in the field, use their reference material to look up key facts to know, and practice performing applications of pesticides on sections of cabinets brought into the classroom just for the lesson. The instructor transforms from a fount of knowledge (which will likely be forgotten by students before they need it) to a facilitator, making sure students are thinking through problems correctly, adjusting their performance, and making corrections as necessary.
This is called student-centered learning.
After years of teaching adults using this technique, Ted is moving to teaching a younger audience using the same techniques. He is currently working towards obtaining his Wisconsin Teacher License in biology through the UW Milwaukee MACSTEP science education program.
Teaching across cultures: I’m the one in uniform, standing with my Japanese students from an entomology and pest management course taught at Camp Zama, Japan, where I led the Department of Defense Pesticide Applicator Training Center for the Pacific Area of Command.