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Learning is a process which requires continuous exposure and effort. The amount of adults and children might somehow be equal but there is a massive difference between them. Adults are independent learners while children are dependent and they usually depend on someone older than them. This implies that adults undergo challenges, dilemmas, and face decision-makings which young learners spontaneously agree on. In other words, an adult might need to think deeply and decide which school, college, or major to get in, while the child has no power over choosing their own kindergarten or elementary school. Thus, adults usually are more aware of their goals, intentions, and the outcome of their learning, and they have to take responsibility. The two different ages can be further classified based on their behavior in a learning environment. Young learners tend to have childish instincts and need a long time to get used to classroom rules, and discipline. On the other hand, adults are obliged to control their behavior in most cases, therefore, the teacher would be less likely to have behavioral issues with them compared to kids. A teacher must be aware of classroom management theories and practice in order to make the children obey simple rules like sitting down, listening, raising hands, taking care of their possessions, etc. However, this does not mean that adults would never show behavioral issues. Since adults fuse their personal lives with their time in the class, they, too, might sometime show rage, disobedience, ego problems, etc. The teacher, in the same way, has to be careful in dealing with these situations even more delicately since adults are more likely to get offended when corrected, or guided in front of a large group of people, and this will immensely affect their process of learning. In both cases, there must be trust and comfort among the students and this will be done by the teacher building rapport over time. Educationally speaking, both adults and young learners will have to listen in order to learn, and should also do homework, and submit their assignments now and then. For this, the adults will have less serious problems since they naturally know that they need to listen and pay attention while children always need to be reminded to pay attention to their teacher. There is also a major difference in their attention spans; kids have a shorter memory and thus, the materials and classroom rules need to be repeated almost on a daily basis, while with adults, it is not like that, because they are responsible and if things get repeated, they would feel bored. In terms of homework and assignments, adult learners realize that they have to carry out their works outside of class-time since it is part of the process of learning. However, young learners will need to be notified by their parents, and need to be guided. Teaching young learners is mostly basic focusing on simple materials such as greetings, letters, numbers, colors, seasons, addition and subtraction, etc., therefore, teaching methods can be very simple such as rhyming, singing, dancing, playing videos, games, showing pictures, and bringing real objects into the classroom. However, this does not mean that adults do not need to be entertained, on the contrary, instructors who are teaching adults must try to make their classes as easy as possible also bringing an element of fun not to make things monotonous nor boring.