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Most adult educators are untrained. This free, beautiful e-book gives everything you need to be a successful adult education teacher. Read more

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Most adult educators are untrained. This free, beautiful e-book gives everything you need to be a successful adult education teacher.

About this project

When I started, I didn't think you needed any special skills to teach adults. Then, about a month into my first semester, I taught a class where every one of my students went home during the break. An hour in a classroom by myself gave me a lot of time to think about how there was more to this “teaching adults” than I had anticipated.

I've since learned that most adult educators receive no training in how to teach adults. As someone with a master's degree in teaching, I can tell you that even the training we do get isn't always very practical. That's why I decided to write How to Teach Adults. I didn't want any other teacher to have to spend so much time learning the skills and information they should have started with.

After 2 years of writing, How to Teach Adults is finished. If you're thinking about making this your career, it will convince you that adult education is the greatest job in the world. If you're a beginning teacher in need of some guidance, it will give you concrete advice to build your career. And if you're a veteran instructor looking for something you can use tomorrow, you can go directly to Chapter 7, "Tips for Running Class," for advice you can use tomorrow.

The funds I raise will cover professional editing and design, because I believe people use resources most when they're as beautiful as they are practical. Funds will also go toward publicity so that teachers will know that this free e-book exists.

Any funds raised beyond the initial goal will go toward putting the book online as a website and funding travel for presentations and additional research. I may also give myself a small stipend out of any additional funds.

How to Teach Adults is written for athletic coaches, yoga instructors, spiritual leaders and drill sergeants, in addition to the math professors and English as a Second Language instructors we usually think of as adult educators. Whatever you're trying to achieve, I want to help you do it. That's what adult education is all about.

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  • It all goes to the book. My budget was based on professional editing, design, a limited print run & promotion. Extra funds will first go toward making the book as good as it can be, starting with having my graphic design people (the collectively run and collectively wonderful Design Action team) produce more diagrams to help make my text easier to understand.

    If I raise *way* more than expected, the first couple thousand dollars will go toward creating a boss website so people can read the text online in addition to as an e-book.

    To be plain: I will not pocket ANY funds from the first $9000 this project raises. Your contribution goes DIRECTLY toward making this book as useful, beautiful and widely read as possible.

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  • Because making a good book takes a lot of work. And writing it is only one part of that work.

    I'd like to think I wrote a good book, but I know it needs editing to be as clear and helpful as it can be. So I've lined up an editor who works for the wonderful PM Press (romy ruukel), and I'm paying her market rate, because she's skilled and we all have bills to pay. Same goes for the cover art (thanks Sara Wood!), the graphic design (Design Action) and promotion (Jen Angel of Aid & Abet).

    This book will probably be my biggest contribution to the field of adult education. I want to do it right. I have the good fortune to have people in my life who can help make that happen, and, through Kickstarter, the means to pay them what they need and deserve.

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