Student Caring - A Podcast for Professors
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SC 146 How to Talk About World Events in Class

SC 146 How to Talk About World Events in Class

Responding to terror in France

How we can help our students process significant world events.

  • Give your students a question to write about in class and follow it up with a moderated group discussion.
  • Ask your students to take a position and write about it. The purpose of the assignment is not to improve their writing, but to get them to talk about it.
  • Discussion rules are established:
    • Only one student may speak at a time.
    • No one is allowed to interrupt anyone else.
    • You have to be called upon to speak.
    • No one is allowed to react to anyone else opinion.
  • We are teaching them how to have academic conversations.
  • We want to create a safe place in our classrooms where students can speak their minds. Where else in our society today can we safely do that?
  • Our students tend to be socially connected with each other, but not as much with global issues.

Our hearts go out the people of France.

 We want to encourage our students not to give into the fear.
We have life experiences to offer students.

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SC 145 STOP!  STOP!   STOP!

Notes from the Student Caring Podcast for Professors

SC 145 STOP! STOP! STOP!

 

Take a Christmas or holiday break.

Avoiding professorial burnout.

  • Daniel went on strike last weekend! He took a weekend off which resulted in a good Monday morning.
  • NOTE: This is not for you if you don’t have any problems stopping for the break.
  • Are you looking forward to the holiday break so you can get ready for next semester?
  • You (Yes YOU!) need to take a break from being a professor.

How can we achieve this?

  • Distance yourself from the elements of your work. Perhaps that is a laptop computer?
  • Any activity other than working as a professor will give you a rest.
  • Eliminate that worry about the first day of classes by preparing between now and the end of finals week.
  • Think about what you will want to accomplish, non work-wise, over your holiday break. Plan some activities that don’t involve using your head.
  • A change in environment can help you to disconnect from work.
  • Do not go to your campus!
  • Go to a place where there is no Internet.
  • TIP:  You might not want to tell your colleagues, during finals week: “I am 100% ready for the first day of classes!”

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SC 144 Student Centered Teaching

SC 144 Student Centered Teaching

As we record this the Santa Ana winds are blowing in Southern California.
Daniel recommends the writings of Joan Didian The Santa Anas.

STUDENT CARING MOMENT

Helping students with their stress:

  • Students are usually trying to solve many problems at once. Talk them through their situations one-by-one. When the situations are broken down into individual moments, it can help them to manage their stress.
  • Worrying is helpful in small doses but honestly, would it help?

Teaching Styles

Student centered teaching

  • This doesn’t have to be all or nothing, we can blend our teaching styles to provide variety in the classroom.
  • Often, Daniel will teach two-thirds of class in lecture mode, then switch to a student guided activity for the remainder of the class.
  • We can orchestrate a reversal of roles where the student is now the teacher. As we well know, you have to know a topic really well before you attempt to teach it to others.
  • We can place students in charge by assigning them a topic to present that will enhance the learning experience for all students. Now, “The Sage on the Stage” is the student and not the professor.
  • This approach brings the students work into the spotlight as they show us how much they are learning. These presentations, when done well, result in the student feeling very proud of their work.
  • This method of teaching will tell you more about what they learning than a final exam.
  • When your students are presenting, lack of engagement is not an option.

 

We move from being the “Sage on the Stage” to the “Guide on the Side.”

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