Always remember: Don’t allow personal attacks AND don’t personalize remarks. This can be very challenging as everyone’s first response to “personalize” the situation. A key tool in any learning environment is successful and respectful interaction with learners (and the work / team environment too!!!). When communicating (verbally, in writing, or face to face) and corresponding with learners (colleagues) about “heated moments” It is prudent to ‘depersonalize’ the communication /correspondence by not using “you” and “I” but referencing the “issue” and the “course of action or resolution”.
For example if a student email states “You gave me a 69% on the last quiz and I don’t think it was fairly graded.” A response might look something like this: “Thank you for the email inquiry regarding performance on the LP 6 quiz. In review of the quiz, questions 4, 5 and 9 were not thoroughly / accurately addressed. Content focusing on the specific types of elder abuse; who are the most common perpetrators, and the four requirements for reporting elder abuse would have greatly improved performance on the quiz.”
It takes conscious thought and effort to develop this communication philosophy but take it from me ….. it most often does defuse the “heated moment” and directs attention to the issue at hand.
Yes, we’ve all heard of C.A.T.’s, the use of Classroom Assessment Technique, but what are the D.O.G.’s?
Have you ever heard this from an instructor, professor, or boss? Well some of our students might have or feel this way when it comes to asking questions before, during or after class. We all know when it comes to asking questions, or concerns about an assignments, that the student is quite shy as they don’t want to bother us, or worst case scenario don’t want to feel STUPID…..Well the best way to assist with this process is with “Peer to Peer” mentoring or as I have titled this: M.A.P.S= “Motivating a Positive Success”
With Week 3 of the spring term upon us, Starfish reports are right around the corner. In terms of early engagement and positive psychology, these emails are a valuable resource for instructors to build student confidence and naturally integrate the On Course principles into their course culture. Continue reading
I often use Microsoft’s Snipping Tool to make grading with rubrics easier and quicker. With your rubric and a few key strokes, you can grade clearly and efficiently. See the accompanying short Camtasia video for specifics. I apologize for the gravelly voice and background hum.
Snipping Tool shortcut
Do you remember the infamous Father Guido from Saturday Night Live? He had a popular skit called the “5 Minute University” where he joked about starting his own college that took just five minutes, since the average college graduate only remembers five minutes worth of information five years after finishing school. Continue reading
One practice that I utilize in the classroom is the “after test” survey. I hand out an anonymous survey along with assessments that only include four questions. Continue reading
One of the factors that I have found to be successful in creating and developing an engaged classroom is frequent encouragement to the learners and the creation of a SAFE ENVIRONMENT
During a recent class I had a student play the role of a resident in a nursing home with pneumonia. I asked for a volunteer from the class to be the nurse caring for this patient. I provided report to this nurse about the patient. The student who volunteered to be the nurse could “consult w/ other nurses as needed.” The student then prioritized her assessments.
After the data was collected groups worked together to call the physician regarding the patient. I role played the physician and each group practiced calling.
Later we debriefed on the scenario-what went well/what could be improved.
The day after I sent the following email to students in the class
“Nursing is an art: and if it is to be made an art, it requires an exclusive devotion as hard a preparation, as any painter’s or sculptor’s work; for what is the having to do with dead canvas or dead marble, compared with having to do with the living body, the temple of God’s spirit? It is one of the Fine Arts: I had almost said the finest of Fine Arts.”
– Florence Nightingale
Kudos to you yesterday….nurse Rachael and nurse Kelsie for being brave and taking an active role in assessing our patient….those who called the doctor and all that participated in analyzing data and developing priority plans of care…you are molding yourselves into the role of the graduate nurse
I have found that when I encourage students at regular intervals they begin to stretch their wings and become more and more active in their learning.
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!
PRACTICE MAN! PRACTICE!
The same thing can be said about learning something new. In order to get good at most things it takes a certain amount of practice. That’s why I provide students with comprehensive constructive feedback on their assignments, and an opportunity to improve their performance prior to periodic quizzes or exams.