Posts by Jane Swanson

Taking Time Away Helps Rejuvenate Education Excitement!

We’re all gearing up as faculty return tomorrow.  One of the best things I did for my students the past week was NOTHING….  There are many that may disagree, but I am well rested and excited to return to work.  I know I could have squeezed in some mandatory education or spent time preparing and setting up several labs, but I didn’t.  I chose to take a road trip with my family, do a little skiing, see a professional hockey game and lose a few card games.  It was wonderful.  I know I won’t always be able to do this, but will try to remember the feeling I have right now next time I’m tempted to sign up for the next big thing!

So this is not a tip on how to bring new technology into your classroom or evaluate your current methods.  However, it is a tip to remind you to take care of your inner self and spend some quality time with those you love!  In the end, I feel it will make me a better faculty member as I am ready to begin again!

Encouragement in the online environment….priceless

It seems we too often get wrapped up in the online tasks of grading assignments, checking due dates, answering emails, etc. I recently sent a simple email to an online student commending her on her work and encouraging her to continue her education beyond an Associate Degree. WOW…did that ever open the floodgates for this student. She is pursuing a degree with another technical college in the state and just happened to be in my online course this summer.

To quote “You’re a good instructor, Jane. You make me wish I was at your school to see what the rest of you are like. Keep it up. Too many of you -maybe not at Green Bay- have forgotten what it’s like to be in a student’s shoes. A gentle touch and a kind word get more out of us than backing us in a corner and screaming in our faces does.”

Starfish has been a great start, but even a simple email can really give a student the lift they need!

Blue Spark on the NWTC Marinette Campus…

Did you know that a Blue Spark has been lurking on the Marinette Campus for years?  Perhaps it has been smoldering waiting for the SPARK to catch?  It is part of the NWTC Art Collection.  It has even been recreated by staff in miniature version and sent to faculty serving overseas as a reminder of their NWTC home!

Artist:  James LaMalfa – Check it out:  Blue Spark Continue reading