Recipes for a Delicious Positive Learning Environment

James Ballou, J. (2011, July 11). Creating a Positive Learning Environment for Adults (J. Jacqueline Chinappi, Ed.). Retrieved January 17, 2017, from


Serving:  full class of students

Preparation time: ≈ 43h

Cooking (Presentation) time: 1h

“Teacher’s job is not to do the learning for the student, but to build a rich environment that facilitates the kind of learning that will benefit the learner… enabling the learner to develop concepts, think critically, and apply and evaluate what they have learned, by providing opportunities and experiences that are relevant to such goals.” Tony Bates Blog post Building an effective learning environment.

For me that say it all, the trainers job is to create opportunities to learn. How we do that you are asking? Tony Bates said it: by building a rich environment that facilitates the kind of learning that will benefit the learners. Here’s the positive learning environment recipe that I recently learn.

-5 cup of premix andragogy assumption principal in a large bol

– Treat students as adults and recognize their existing skill and experience

-Set clear and meaningful expectations for adult students

-Avoid creating an environment that results in hostility

-Address errors privately and respectful

In the oven cook in trust, respect, open communication and shared learning experiences.

** if premix Andragogy is not available in a mortar pestle mix the Malcom Knowles and Kearsley assumption of adult learners.

 3/4 cup  Self-concept
As a person matures his/her self concept moves from one of being a dependent personality toward one of being a self-directed human being

3/4 cup Adult Learner Experience
As a person matures he/she accumulates a growing reservoir of experience that becomes an increasing resource for learning.

3/4 cup Readiness to Learn
As a person matures his/her readiness to learn becomes oriented increasingly to the developmental tasks of his/her social roles

3/4 cup Orientation to Learning
As a person matures his/her time perspective changes from one of postponed application of knowledge to immediacy of application, and accordingly his/her orientation toward learning shifts from one of subject- centeredness to one of problem centeredness.

3/4 cup Motivation to Learn
As a person matures the motivation to learn is internal

3/4 cup Planification and Evaluation to Learning
Adults need to be involved in the planning and evaluation of their instruction.

3/4 cup Experience
Experience (including mistakes) provides the basis for the learning activities.

3/4 cup Problem-Centered Orientation
Adult learning is problem-centered rather than content-oriented.

For the visuals here is a great infographique.


This is how I make positive learning experience: apply andragogy principal to a environment of trust, respect prompt for sharing experience.

Personally where I think I have to be careful is in my way of giving feedback, I could tend to forget that if I have to give negative feedback it should ALWAYS be in one on one. I sometime take that as an opportunity to share the bad experience as we learn from mistake too.

I also heard somewhere that we should give a good 4 second to the student when we ask a question for them to process it. I tend to not be the best at this and I think it could be part of the positive environment.

Please let me how you modify, substitute or the result you got from my recipe in the comments below.


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