HITS Different: Impacts of Student Perspective & Innovation

About This Session


The adult learner perspective is an integral part of the literacy framework. In this presentation, we will look at high-impact teaching strategies and supplement them with learning principles and innovation.

What we'll cover:

Through history, academia has explored various methods of effective instruction, anywhere from Modeling to Interactive Instruction to Scaffolded Instruction, and so on. Over time, many methods have been either antiquated or modified to adjust to the demands of current generations.

Furthermore, when considering the Adult Education sector, the needs of the primary demographic dictate the teaching-learning relationship. In fact, the adult learner perspective becomes the literacy framework into which the content should be built.

In this presentation, we will look at high-impact teaching strategies, supplement them with learning principles and innovation, and apply them to the current educational climate. We will learn how to supplement already proven, high-impact instructional strategies, with innovative approaches, to address the complex challenges that adult education students face and gain a deeper understanding of what the actual student perspective may look like.

We’ll look at:

  1. Contextualized learning, prior knowledge activation, and project-based learning
  2. Fostering critical thinking and logical thinking through reverse engineering
  3. Reinforcing self-awareness, positivity, and visualization in the classroom
  4. Building confidence through mentoring, peer coaching, and reciprocal teaching
  5. Encouraging team-based learning through cooperative groups while building agency and autonomy.

Topics & Focus

Primary Topic Area
topic - English Language Learning, ESL, ELL
Session will also cover:
topic - parent & family literacy
topic - instructional theory, methodology, research


Handouts & Materials

No handouts or materials available at this time.

Rao, Yashu

Presenter: Dr. A Yashodhara Rao (“Yashu”)
Organization: Harris County Dept of Education

ROLE classroom instructors
LEVEL intermediate
Case study?

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