Many theories exist in today’s educational world to help motivate adult students. Adult students cannot be taught, motivated, or assessed in the same ways that traditional students can be taught, motivated, or assessed. Adult learners need different strategies and theories to help motivate them to learn and do well in the classroom. The following is a breakdown of 3 theories to motivate adult students.Theory Number OneTheory number one is that assignments must be relevant for adult students. Adult students must be able to see the purpose and relevance in an assignment. The purpose of any assignment for an adult learner must be clear to the adult learner, so he sees the importance in completing the assignment. The only way an adult learner will be motivated to complete an assignment is if the end result seems worthwhile to him. The end result of any assignment must be focused on what the learner expects to receive from the assignment. If a teacher of an adult learner understands why the adult learner is continuing his education, the teacher will be able to create relevant assignments to meet the adult student’s personal goals.Theory Number TwoThe second of the 3 theories to motivate adult students is keep class time and assignments short and as simple as possible. Adult students often have families at home to take care of, and often, they are responsible for children at home as well. Adult students are usually trying to hold down full-time jobs to support their families while continuing their educations. This means that school does not rank first in their priority lists. While adult students want to learn and get higher educations, they often have little time to spend in doing so. This means that the teacher of adult students must teach, get his point across, and assign work in a timely manner. Teachers of adult students must keep in mind how much time their adult students will actually have to sit in the classroom, complete their assignments, or study for tests.Theory Number ThreeThe third of the 3 theories to motivate adult students is to help adult learners see the big picture. Adult learners have gone back to school for a purpose. In order to be motivated, adult learners must be able to see how the education they are getting is useful to them in the long run. These students can be motivated if the teacher will take the time to show them how more education can help them in the future. Motivating factors for adult learners often include such things as finding better jobs or careers or earning more money down the road.When put into practice, these three theories can help motivate adult learners. Adult learners need to see the purpose in their assignments. They need shortened assignments catered to their very busy lifestyles. Adult students need to know the end results of their higher education: better jobs and better pay. Motivating adult learners will pay off in the long run as they complete their higher degrees.
Aging should not hinder older adults and seniors from having an active and satisfying sex life. Contrary to what most people believe, sex is not just for young couples. Everyone desires to feel loved and receive affection. In fact, a lot of seniors continue to be sexually active even after 80 years old.According to recent studies, more and more seniors have reported an improved sex life as they age. While the body may not be as limber as it used to be, there are still a lot of ways you can have a fulfilling and enjoyable sex life. One must pay close attention and learn how to adapt to the changing needs of your body in order to make senior sex a little more pleasurable.Here are some tips to make senior sex more enjoyable and satisfying:Do not rush it. Take your timeOur body changes as we age. Seniors who want to continue to be sexually active need to learn how to adapt to these changes. When it comes to becoming aroused, it still pays to be patient and to take your time. It is important to allow yourself and your partner to build the excitement. Snuggling, hugging, kissing, massaging, and caressing will help you set the mood. Remember not to rush it. Take time to create a romantic ambiance and allocate more time -lots of time for foreplay in order to make sexual intercourse more pleasurable. Remember, if you want to enjoy and be satisfied, do it nice and s-l-o-w.Communicate. Communicate. Communicate.Communication is key. The more you talk to one another, the easier it is for your partner to know your feelings, expectations and desires. Tell him or her what makes you feel good in order to make sex more satisfying and enjoyable. Your partner wants to please you as well, so he or she will listen to what you like. In most cases, talking about sex and foreplay can make you feel sexy and easily turned on. So speak up, don’t be shy. Be direct.Explore and be creativeSpice it up a notch by exploring more options that can help give you more pleasure like engaging in oral sex, masturbation, using sex toys and finding new intercourse positions. Be creative and experiment with different positions until you find the ones that will please you and your partner.Learn to adjustBecause of the aging process, having sex can be challenging. This is due to all the physical, mental and emotional changes you go through. However, learning how to adapt to these changes will help make senior sex not only easier but also more enjoyable.Age-related changes are different for men and women. For senior men, erectile dysfunction may be a problem because of the decrease in hormone levels. If this is an issue, talk to your physician about erectile dysfunction or other erection problems to get advice and treatment. If medication is prescribed, it is important to ask about possible side effects that may affect not only your sexual relationship, but your body as well.For senior women, vaginal dryness may be an issue. If this is the case, don’t worry. There is a wide-variety of over-the-counter water-based lubricants available for purchase, including those with different scents, flavors, colors, etc. Lubricants will help relieve vaginal dryness to make sexual intercourse more comfortable and pleasurable.Stay healthy and fitEating healthy and exercising regularly are key ingredients that will help seniors look younger, feel better and enjoy life even more. Health and fitness can also help improve your sex life by giving you the strength you will need to last longer during sexual intercourse.Eat a balanced diet and include lots of fruits and vegetables in your meal. It is also important to limit your alcohol-intake as it may decrease sexual arousal. Based on research, too much alcohol may cause erectile problems for men and women may experience difficulty in reaching an orgasm.Check with your doctorDue to the aging process, there are a lot of things that can interfere with being sexually active. As you approach your golden years, you may experience more and more physical ailments like high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes and other medical conditions, which can make you less interested in sex.Medications may interfere with sexual function as well. If sexual problems, including erectile dysfunction, arise due to these conditions, consult your doctor to receive proper medication. Be sure to discuss your medical condition, any prescription questions or possible medication side effects with your physician. It is advisable to take your partner when you talk to your doctor so you can both understand and learn how to resolve the your sexual circumstances together. By doing this, not only will the both of you become more understanding of each other’s needs and limitations, but also sex and the relationship will become more meaningful and special.Keep that spark aliveSpending quality time with your loved one is the best way to keep the spark alive. Try to set aside time for each other so you can do things together. Perhaps watch a movie, go out to a romantic dinner, plan a weekend getaway, or simply cuddle in bed. Try to remember the feeling when you first started dating and the things that made you fall in love with each other. These things will definitely help set the mood.As you get older, you need to be aware and ready to adapt to the changing needs of your bodies in order to make senior sex more satisfying and enjoyable. Remember, age should not be a hindrance to having an active and satisfying sex life.Copyright © 2009 La Dolce Living, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
If you think The Talk is going to be about sex, remember that by definition a semi-adult is at least 18 years of age. If by age 18 you are not having an on going rapport with your child about all aspects of sexuality, either you are raising your family in one of the subcultures of American society in which sex and sexuality belong in marriage and you don’t need that rapport yet or you are a fool.The topic for The Talk we are having with our semi-adult child who resides in our home is: How do adults live together under one roof. To be accurate its Talks, not Talk. Her father and I have been living together under one roof for 25 years. It took awhile for us to figure how to live happily together. Occasionally we still hit a bump (when he removed the 13 year olds Friday night bedtime without a word to me was a recent minor bump). It is to be expected that it will take awhile for her also. The trouble is while she is learning how to live like an adult with other adults, we have to endure the process.Take money. This is a very hard concept for out semi-adult to grasp; the Bank of MOM is closed. We expect that if we loan you money you will pay us back…first. Before you buy new clothes, before you go to the movies. We are very glad you tithe, but you still need to pay us back. It should be noted that when I borrow money from you, I always pay you back usually before you have to come hunting for your money.Take caring for shared spaces: The counter fairy (a relative of the tooth fairy, takes dishes off counters instead of teeth from under pillows) has retired. You use the kitchen to make chocolate chip cookies at 3 am; you clean it up and make sure you leave some cookies for mom and dad to try. I do not complain about having no sugar, flour or chocolate chips because I know how to live with other adults and I like cookies.Take respecting others schedule: I do the family’s wash on Monday and Tuesdays. My house, my schedule, on this one, my way. We have four people getting out of the house in the morning and one shower: you cannot decide to change your shower time without consulting anyone else and you don’t get to wake me up if dad has cut into your shower time by less than 7 minutes. Living with other adults is not always fair.Take “borrowing” others possessions: Adults do not take items from other people’s bedrooms without permission. You don’t borrow your sister’s shirt or my socks without asking. Yes, she does that to you but again note, neither your father nor I “borrow” from you or your siblings without asking first. The exception: Flip-flops left next to the shoebox instead of instead of in it can be borrowed at will.The Talks generally go well. Occasionally we get rolled eyes (you can’t tell another adult not to roll her eyes at you), huffy behavior or tears. The message usually doesn’t sink in the first time. There is still a bit of teen selfishness and listening for loopholes in our semi-adult. There is still a bit of I’m the parent, do it my way in how we communicate with our resident semi-adult.We are all learning.