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Those who create and present classes are volunteers.  They may be members or non-members of New Adventures. All have a passion for their subject and enjoy sharing that passion with others.

If you are interested in presenting a class, leading a discussion or creating some other kind of learning experience, please contact the New Adventures Office at 480-857-5500 or email classes@newadventures.info

New Adventures offers three semesters of classes each year.  Proposals for presenting a class are due about three to four months in advance of the start of the semester.

Spring
Classes:  Feb – April
Proposal due early October

Summer
Classes: June – July
Proposal due early March

Fall
Classes: Oct – early Dec
Proposal due in June

Types of Classes

All of our classes are presented by volunteers who share their time, their expertise, their passion for learning with others.  Some are retired.  Some are still working.  All have a desire to share ideas and learn form others.
 
There are four basic types of classes:
  • Traditional classroom-based sessions. 
    These range from strictly lecture to considerable student participation. They typically involve from one to six sessions of 60 to 90 minutes and may involve as few as 10 or as many as 80 students.

Roundtable classes. 
In these sessions the “presenter” assumes the role of discussion leader–asking questions and guiding discussion around the topic he has chosen.   Typically this is a single session with around 20 participants.


  • Computer classes.
    The computer lab has 24 PCs that are equipped with Microsoft Windows 7 and Office 2013.  They are connected to the Internet. Computer classes are small or have plenty of help from assistants.

  • Off-Site classes (field trips).
    These half-day excursions provide opportunities to visit and learn about interesting sites in the greater Phoenix area.
We invite you to talk to us about presenting a class, lead a discussion or create some other kind of learning experience. To inquire or get started, please email the Curriculum Chair at classes@newadventures.info or call the New Adventures Office at 480-857-5500.

​Facilities

​Classes are taught at the Sun Lakes Center of Chandler-Gilbert Community College.  There are five classrooms typically used for New Adventures classes.

  • Three have capability of projecting PowerPoint presentations, Internet pages, DVDs, and VCR tapes.  They have whiteboards, and a microphone. The largest room holds up to 80 auditorium style, and the other two hold up to 35 with seating at desks.
  • The computer classroom has 24 PCs, as well as projection capability.
  • The fifth classroom has chairs for up to 25, arranged in a circle for our roundtable discussion classes.

For more detailed information about rooms and equipment click here.

AddressSun Lakes Computer Lab

25105 S. Alma School Road
Sun Lake, AZ 85248

Phone

480.857.5500

Hours of Operation

Monday - Thursday
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

 

​Questions

An Orientation Session for presenters is held one to two weeks before classes begin.  An emailed invitation is sent about three weeks in advance. The orientation session includes a general orientation to New Adventures as well and an introduction to the classroom technology.
Below is a link to an FAQ page that answers many of the common questions raised by presenters.  If you have other questions or concerns please contact our Curriculum Committee at classes@newadventures.info

​FAQs for New Adventures Presenter

Q - How are classrooms equipped?
Q - What about handouts?
Q - Will my classroom be ready?
Q - What do I do when I arrive for my class?
Q - Should I use a microphone?
Q - How should I begin the class?
Q - Should we take a break in the middle of class?
Q - How do I learn to use the equipment?
Q - What if I need help with the equipment the day of my class?
Q - How many students will be in my class?
​Click here for downloadable FAQ's

​Teaching Tips

RECOMMENDATIONS FOR TEACHING  A SUCCESSFUL AND ENJOYABLE NEW ADVENTURES CLASS

  • Inform New Adventures of any AV needs to ensure you will have our state‐of-­the-­art equipment available.
  • Be aware that some of the students have hearing and eyesight impairment. Urge these students to
    take seats up front. Speak slowly and enunciate more than usual. USE THE MICROPHONE.
  • If a student asks a question, REPEAT the question for the class before answering it.
  • Arrive early; many of your students will enjoy asking you questions and conversing before class begins. Leave a few minutes after class for the few who might want to chat further. Consider a few minutes at the start of class to remind students of the highlights of the previous class, if applicable, and to make additions and/or corrections.
  • New Adventures students are very enthusiastic and excited to learn. They want presentations to
    go for the fully allotted time. If the class lasts two or more hours, plan for a five-­to-ten-­minute break, recalling the class promptly.
  • Seek ways to vary the content, tone, and pace of your time. Some lecture is fine and may well be essential (but who wants to listen to one’s own voice for two hours?) Film, music, art, and PowerPoint, etc., will be welcomed by the students. Do not just read your lecture notes; be
    comfortable and knowledgeable with the material to paraphrase, and make eye contact with the class.
  • NOT welcomed by the students are “fellow” students notorious for “going on” with comments and stories: TAKE CONTROL, AS MOST STUDENTS ARE IN CLASS BECAUSE OF WHAT YOU HAVE TO OFFER.
  • If your class is a discussion class, be sure to provide opportunity for as many to participate as possible; as a general rule, no one should speak twice until all that wish to speak have a turn. BE FIRM, BE RESPECTFUL, BE RESPECTED.
  • Treat your subject seriously. The students do. HUMOR, however, is always welcomed.
  • Lists of key names, dates/events, terminology/definitions, quotations, issues, diagrams, etc., are welcomed by students. These can take the form of printed handouts, overhead projections, or PowerPoint projections.
  • For the final class, consider distributing a “Suggested Reading List” of those items you have found most useful and interesting in preparation.   

KEEP IN MIND: Teaching a New Adventures class is different from teaching other courses.

“EDUCATION IS NEVER WASTED ON THE MATURE."

Click here for downloadable Teaching Tips.