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My Class This Week

Yesterday, when I arrived in the classroom, I could not help to see that I had been out-numbered. I was more than twice the age of every single person in the room.

This week I have a class of 40 Navy people who are getting ready to leave service. I asked a question: Do I have anyone over the age of 29? Not one hand was raised.

This group was also one of the most introverted groups (as a whole) that I have had. Difficult to pull out the information, facilitation is difficult. Perhaps, it is not that they are introverted, but that they do not want to interact with me, the old woman.

I was successful in getting them to interact with one another in an exercise, and I loved the buzz in the room. I need to try to incorporate more of that today, if feasible.

© 2015, Coral Levang All rights reserved.

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Comments

scheng1 wrote on March 11, 2015, 9:59 AM

It will be harder for a young person of aged 29 to teach a class of people who can be his grandfather.

Arvi wrote on March 11, 2015, 10:49 AM

I can see that being a difficult situation, but it sounds like you got it all figured out ok. Glad it was a successful class.

valmnz wrote on March 11, 2015, 7:32 PM

They probably just resent being there, no matter the age of the instructor. Let's face it, if you'd decided to leave the Navy, wouldn't you just want to leave? You're too harsh on yourself!

jiangliu1949 wrote on March 12, 2015, 4:07 AM

You seem to always conduct a class for different students .Anyway you have a way with those introverted groups and it don't take any time before livening the class up .

celticeagle wrote on March 12, 2015, 3:35 PM

That is a shame. Youngsters can learn so much from the older folks.