My teaching philosophy employs Malcolm Knowles’ theory of andragogy by using strategies specifically for teaching adults. This perspective treats students as adults, meaning I give them adult responsibilities, decision making powers and opportunities for self direction. Course policies encourage regular attendance for discussions, and provide mechanisms to assist students function at their top potential (i.e., utilization of in-depth review sheets). Adult learners appreciate instruction that is directly relevant to their lives, so I encourage them to draw on their life experiences and share relevant aspects with the class during discussions and class exercises. Despite some difficult topics of study (politics, human aging, divorce, discrimination, immigration, elder mistreatment, child abuse and intimate partner violence), the students learn from each other in a comfortable environment we’ve created together. Students seem to appreciate the ability to make critical contributions to this process.