Over the next few weeks, we'll share some foundational information related to adult learning. The acronym "ADULT" is a good one to guide us.
This week, A:
Adult brains are ACTIVE. Adult learners may look like they are attentively listening, but their brains are busy. At any given moment, millions of sensory neurons are firing with messages vying for their attention. Your course material is competing with all that activity.
Observe yourself while reading this post: how many thoughts, images, and ideas unrelated to the material come to mind? How quickly do you want to jump away to read another post, answer a text or e-mail, or handle another task?
To train well, you have to get past the first hurdle: grabbing and keeping attention.