Student Caring - A Podcast for Professors
Join professors de Roulet and Pecoraro as they encourage professors to achieve success.

Transitioning from Undergraduate to Graduate School Transitioning from Undergrad. to Grad.

In celebration of our 50th PODCAST!  we interview two students who making the transition from undergraduate to graduate school.

The students are Mr. Jonathan de Roulet (Daniel's son and David's former student) and his girlfriend, Ms. Carlene DeScalo.

Here are some additional interviews with students and one for graduate students:

Thank you to everyone in the Student Caring Community who have been following, contributing and sharing our work with the world!

We  begin with a short story from Jonathan about the Student Caring Project began then discuss their journey's from undergraduate to graduate school.

Sound Bites:

  • Jonathan, please tell our audience the story about how "Student Caring" began...
  • There was this class, "Career Directions and Your Daily Bread"...
  • What can you tell us about your journey from undergraduate to graduate school?
  • Once you graduate, you learn a significant amount about what you want to do and what you don't want to do.
  • We went to U/RTA's in Chicago.
  • Q: What has been the best experience for preparing you for a graduate program?
  • A: Being at the Steppenwolf Theatre Company.
  • Q: What do you want to get out of graduate school? A: More professional connections and to give other undergraduates hope.
  • Carlene: "Ultimately, I want to teach."
  • Jonathan: "The one are going to, California State University at Long Beach, just felt the most at home and the most that they cared about their students growth and progress."
  • We accept constructive criticism, but when it's just criticism for the sake of criticism, a student's not going to very open to that.
  • We rated schools, strictly on the merits of the person who interviewed me.
  • I think we should go our separate ways.
  • Q: What about Long Beach (State University) is attractive to you? A: Well, it's a beach town.
  • Q: Why are you going to graduate school for the arts? A: In order to get the higher level jobs, I need to put in the time to get an M.F.A.
  • Q: Why are you going to graduate school for the arts? A: If you want to teach, you need an M.F.A. or five years in the field. The opportunities are much much better.
  • Carelene and I are used to working 60 hour weeks in theatre. We imagine grad school will be quite similar.
  • The first year is designed to be challenging and to weed out people who are not meant to be in grad school.
  • Q: Do you have any advice to give other undergraduate students? A: Never underestimate the value of an undergraduate school or a degree in theatre.
  • Q: Do you have any advice to give other undergraduate students? A: Just because you lose on job, it does not mean its over for you.
  • Other jobs we all have worked: Kentucky Fried ChickenJack in the BoxStarbucksBarnes and NobleBurlesquePapa JohnsJimmy Jon's.

Please join us for podcast No. 51:  “Caring for Students in our Historically Black Colleges and Universities”

50 Podcasts! // Student Caring
Today we celebrate with podcast No. 50!

 

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Why Your Opinion Matters: 

Our upcoming book:The Caring Professor: A Guide to Effective, Rewarding, and Rigorous Teaching, was written with feedback from many educators and students, which was our plan all along. We began by outlining our thoughts on a series of topics, then we recorded them to share with the world. From the feedback we received, we were informed about the needs of the student caring community. We need your feedback so we may continue to fulfill our mission statement and help students, the world over.

Thank you!

Daniel & David

Direct download: sc_50.mp3
Category:Higher Education -- posted at: 6:00am PST
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Helping E.S.L. (English as a Second Language) Students Succeed / Part Two of Two

As the 2013 fall term begins we wanted to feature these prior episodes with you.

Helping E.S.L. Students Succeed

In this podcast we continue our interview with Professors Jeff Wilson and Rebecca Beck, E.S.L. specialists from Irvine Valley College, California.

English as a Second Language Sound Bites from the Podcast:

  • Culturally, students are not comfortable with speaking with a professor.
  • To many students professors are the "Sage on the stage."
  • In some cultures women are seen as the weaker element and they will not ask a female professor any question.
  • Not all students know what an "office hour" is. They might think it is the time when you have lunch.
  • I require all students to come to visit me during an officer hour.
  • We tend to lump populations together. We need to look at students as individuals, they are all different, they come from different backgrounds.
  • I have mid term evaluations with each student individually. It is appropriate to do this during a regular class time. Those 10 - 15 minutes with students may have a greater impact than in an lecture.
  • You have an amazing opportunity (as a Professor) to keep learning when you meet with a student individually.
  • I do believe that students avoid E.S.L. programs, one reason is they feel stigmatized.
  • We need to communicate with E.S.L. students that an E.S.L. class will help them with their college careers.
  • University departments need to work together to help E.S.L. students. This is a campus culture issue.
  • I hear E.S.L. Students often say, "I fear it is going to me an awfully long time to graduate."
  • "I don't want to be behind my friends and have to take college for 7 years.
  • Language is not a discipline, language is a human trait, it takes time.
  • Acquiring academic english takes five to 10 years.
  • Acquiring a second language is really intimate.
  • Acquiring english is like learning to play soccer. This can be hard in a world of instant gratification.
  • Q:  What can E.S.L. students to outside of the classroom?
    • A:  The number one thing is get a new girlfriend or boyfriend. (English speaking)
    • A:  Engage in the english speaking world outside of the classroom.
    • A:  Find some sort of hobby or interest that they like.
    • A:  Encourage them to engage in sports.
  • Some universities are forgetting that some future students are in countries where they don't have the Internet yet.
  • We, as professors, need to have a taller understanding of where E.S.L. students are coming from.
  • These students are to not remedial, they are critical thinkers.
  • We sometimes forgive when a student speaks in an accent. When we read papers, sometimes we forget that they are also writing with an accent.
  • The linguistic ability of the person has nothing to do with their cognitive ability.

 

Contact Information:  Email:  Prof. Rebecca Beck   |   Prof. Jeff  Wilson

Irvine Valley College | Student Caring
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Faculty ESL Resources
Faculty ESL Resources

 

[box] Don't miss our very special (50th!) upcoming podcast: Transitioning from Undergraduate to Gradate School[/box]
Student Caring on Stitcher Radio
Student Caring on Stitcher Radio
Why Your Opinion Matters: 

Our upcoming book:The Caring Professor: A Guide to Effective, Rewarding, and Rigorous Teaching, was written with feedback from many educators and students, which was our plan all along. We began by outlining our thoughts on a series of topics, then we recorded them to share with the world. From the feedback we received, we were informed about the needs of the student caring community. We need your feedback so we may continue to fulfill our mission statement and help students, the world over.

Thank you!

Daniel & David

Direct download: sc_49.mp3
Category:Higher Education -- posted at: 1:30pm PST
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Helping E.S.L. (English as a Second Language) Students Succeed / Part One of Two

As we prepare to begin the 2013 fall term we wanted to feature some previous podcasts, fitting for this time of year.

Helping E.S.L. Students Succeed
Helping E.S.L. Students Succeed

In this podcast we interview Professors Jeff Wilson and Rebecca Beck, E.S.L. specialists from Irvine Valley College, California.

Sound Bites:

  • Students may not know who Seinfeld is or even what a sitcom is.
  • Giving the student the context of the situation helps.
  • Language is culture and culture is language.
  • Student anxiety can come from the power relationship between the student and the professor.
  • How do we know when students are engaged?
  • There is not a 'generic' E.S.L. student.
  • Understanding the different needs of your students is at the root of good instruction.
  • Using blogs and journals can help us to understand our students.
  • Part of my mission as a teacher is also to help my native speaking students understand what it is like for my E.S.L. students.
  • Would you text your friend, "I am gonna B L 8?" Of course not!
  • We are all together in this and we are going to move forward.
  • "Who are the Beatles?"
  • I cannot call you "My Student" until I know something about you. I do a survey to help to get the know the student. What are your goals for this class?
  • You recognize them (Your students) as a person, not just a seat warmer in the class.
  • I don't believe that they are just my students, they are also a son, daughter, and neighbor.
  • The longer we teach, if we keep using the same answers over and over, we are going to marginalize ourselves from popular culture.
  • Every class I teach, I have the class do a group project of some sort.
  • I as a teacher am constantly learning from my students.
  • I take the time outside of class to look on YouTube and other cultural references to get to know them. It is my own homework assignment.
  • I need to stay plugged in myself so I can remain relevant to my students.

Our next podcast, No. 49 will be part 2 on this topic, please join us!
Don't miss our very special celebratory podcast, No. 50.

 

Contact Information: 

Email:  Prof. Rebecca Beck   |   Prof. Jeff  Wilson

Irvine Valley College | Student Caring
Why Your Opinion Matters: 

Our upcoming book:The Caring Professor: A Guide to Effective, Rewarding, and Rigorous Teaching, was written with feedback from many educators and students, which was our plan all along. We began by outlining our thoughts on a series of topics, then we recorded them to share with the world. From the feedback we received, we were informed about the needs of the student caring community. We need your feedback so we may continue to fulfill our mission statement and help students, the world over.

Thank you!

Daniel & David

Direct download: sc_48.mp3
Category:Higher Education -- posted at: 6:00pm PST
Comments[0]

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