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Active learning is preferred by adult students. It helps the students take some control over their learning process: it's less threatening for them, and they can use individual tasks in a group and learn on the same time. 

When engaging students in an active learning experience, it is important that the instructor is clear on what is expected from students.  The planning of active learning activity should include:

Who, Actions, Activities, Resources, Time, and Productivity components. 

Don't be a pal but be a friend. 

Using various teaching styles is the key to successful delivery of the material. It is important that all demonstrations are practiced before the class. A plan B in case demonstrations do not work should also be considered.  

First day of class is the time when the instructor and students learn about each other. It is important that the students know the expertise of the  instructor, also see the human part of their professor. The activity of students introducing themselves allows not only students know about each other, but also the instructor learn their names. 

It's important to be clear when creating goals and objectives, which then will develop in the syllabus or course outline. I learned that a goal should be a road map and objectives should include  details and specifics helping the students know what is expected. 

Paying attention to my own professionalism lays foundation for my students to be professional themselves. Leaving constructive criticism and feedback that helps the students improve is key to being a professional. 

Proper planning, demonstration and the use of varying presentation style is inevitable.

 Ice breaking session with the introduction of self and the students.

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