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SC 151 New Year Resolutions for Professors

SC 151 New Year Resolutions for Professors

 

Professor New Year Resolution #1: Learn how to learn all my students names.

  • Hey, you there in the third row – go ahead!
  • We find seating charts to be really helpful.
  • Many group assignments requiring students to say their names as they present is helpful as we hear their names repeatedly.

Professor New Year Resolution #2: Don’t fall behind in my grading.

  • Daniel practices the “Grade 5 papers a day” method.
  • Relative calm and order prevail when we don’t procrastinate.

Professor New Year Resolution #3: Eat healthier and drink less coffee.

  • We are unified in our resolve to ignore the ‘less coffee’ portion of this tip.
  • Why is it so difficulty for us to eat and drink what is good for us? Stress?

Professor New Year Resolution #4: Don’t say ‘yes’ to all potential committee assignment requests.

  • This can be difficult due to our commitment to shared governance.
  • If we do to much on this side of life, our teaching can suffer.
  • Decide where you can be most effective.

Professor New Year Resolution #5: Spend less time on the Internet

  • Our is not a thinking profession at all, is it?
  • The Internet can be a huge distraction for us and rob us of precious productive time.

Professor New Year Resolution #6: Don’t check email 20 times a day!

  • Why do we do this? We don’t want to miss anything!
  • Our students check their email – constantly.
  • Students and colleagues ask: “Did you get my email?”

Professor New Year Resolution #7: Improve my professorial wardrobe.

  • Do you dress like a professor? (We are not always successful in this area.)
  • At least, for the benefit of our students, look like a professor, it really matters.

We invite you to join us in 2016 and beyond by sharing your work with the international Student Caring community.

Opportunities for you join us:

  • Write a guest blog post about…
    • Your research
    • Something you are passionate about
    • Something you want to share with students, professors, or parents.

Announcing the debut of the “One Minute Office Hour“ on January 1, 2016.

Please – share this with all college students in your world, it would really mean a lot to us as we seek to help more and more students succeed in college.

One Minute Office Hour LogoStudents who most often do not come into our offices during our office hours could benefit from a one minute (TED TALK style) video that they could access on their smart phones or computers.

  • We welcome your contributions to this video cast, publishing every Friday.
  • To participate, email david@studentcaring.com and he will get back to you with participation details.
  • Have you always had something that you wanted to share with all college students? What are you known for? Here’s your chance to tell the world.

 

If you are interested in being a guest to this podcast, just let us know!

We are continuing our research for book #2: What Professors Wish Parents Knew About College.

If you are interested in being interviewed for this book, please let us know.
David is researching this book during his sabbatical leave, spring of 2016.

 

 We wish for you all, a Happy New Year!

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We welcome your comments, feedback and guest post submissions.

 

Email:  General Information   |   Dr. Daniel de Roulet   |   Prof. David C. Pecoraro

Thank you!

Daniel & David

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SC 150 The Christmas Episode
Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays from Student Caring


Notes from the Student Caring Podcast for Professors

SC 150 The Christmas Episode

 

We celebrate podcast 150 on Christmas Day, 2015!

We invite you to join us in 2016 and beyond by sharing your work with the international Student Caring community.

Opportunities for you join us:

  • Write a guest blog post about...
    • Your research
    • Something you are passionate about
    • Something you want to share with students, professors, or parents.

Announcing the debut of the "One Minute Office Hour" on January 1, 2016.

One Minute Office Hour LogoStudents who most often do not come into our offices during our office hours could benefit from a one minute (TED TALK style) video that they could access on their smart phones or computers.

  • We welcome your contributions to this video cast, publishing every Friday.
  • To participate, email david@studentcaring.com and he will get back to you with participation details.
  • Have you always had something that you wanted to share with all college students? What are you known for? Here's your chance to tell the world.

 

If you are interested in being a guest to this podcast, just let us know!

We are continuing our research for book #2: What Professors Wish Parents Knew About College.

If you are interested in being interviewed for this book, please let us know.
David is researching this book during his sabbatical leave, spring of 2016.

 

 We wish for you all, a wonderful Christmas & Holiday break!

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Next week: Episode #150! The Christmas Episode

 

We welcome your comments, feedback and guest post submissions.

 

Email:  General Information   |   Dr. Daniel de Roulet   |   Prof. David C. Pecoraro

Thank you!

Daniel & David

 

Direct download: sc_pod_150.mp3
Category:Higher Education -- posted at: 10:47am PST
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SC 149 The Grade Challenge

Have you heard these comments?

STUDENT: There's no way I got that grade!

STUDENT: I am not quite sure I know how I did in the course, I just want to get a better grade. 

This line of thought is usually followed by an attempt at a grade negotiation with the prof.

 

Tips for professors:

  • Keep a good grade book.
  • All along the way, remind your students to check their grades.
  • Stand firm when communicating during a grade dispute.
  • From the first assignment, our grading approach lays the foundation for the final grade.
  • Students may ask: "Is there anything I can do to improve my grade?"
    • All too often, we hear this question.
    • To accommodate this, it should be a terrific reason.
    • Every time we make a choice, it sets the standard for all current and future students.
  • Your student may not approach you directly and go over your head.
    • When this occurs, your chair or dean should refer them back to you.
    • The professor has the knowledge and control of the grading.
    • After the initial conversation, if the student still wants to pursue a grade change we refer them to the college policy. You are not under any obligation to continue to discuss the matter.
  • We are often challenged during these difficult situations with students.
  • The grade earned could be end of their college career.
  • This moment of truth could place them on academic probation.
  • We need to to the best that we possibly can to write exams that are fair and tell us what we need to know about the students progress.
  • Don't second guess your decision to the student, this can communicate that you are not certain about what you are doing.

 

 We wish for you all, a wonderful holiday break!

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Next week: Episode #150! The Christmas Episode

 

We welcome your comments, feedback and guest post submissions.

 

Email:  General Information   |   Dr. Daniel de Roulet   |   Prof. David C. Pecoraro

Thank you!

Daniel & David

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SC 148 The Office Party

Notes from the Student Caring Podcast for Professors

SC 148 The Office Party

 

Tips for the party planners:

  • Your attendees will be comparing your party to previous parties.
  • Employees will draw conclusions, “Oh, we must be cutting back on the expenses.” “Oh, if we can afford to spend money like this, what about my real needs a professor, what about an increase in salary?”
  • Know that every party sets an expectation level.
  • Don’t recognize employees for years of service with small meaningles trinkets. It is better to simply give a certificate.

Tips for party goers:

  • If you are participating in a gift exchange, select your gift wisely. You don’t want to embarrass anyone.
  • An office party is not a party with friends. It is a professional party.
  • Whatever you do at the office party will be remembered for years.
  • How do you dress for the office party?
    • Dress better than your usual day to day attire.
    • Perhaps a holiday tie?
    • Women will want to proceed with caution, this is not a cocktail party.
  • Don’t talk about work! That really puts a damper on a holiday party atmosphere.
  • Don’t be a pig! This is the time for you to demonstrate your best social skills.
  • All things in moderation. If you drink, be very cautious about your alcohol intake.
  • Remember, most everyone has a camera in their pocket or purse these days. You don’t want your embarrassing behavior to end up on the Internet.
  • Remember, if you bring a guest, their behavior will reflect on you. How much of your personal life do you want to share with your colleagues?
  • Relax, but be professional and dignified.

 

 We wish for you all,  wonderful office parties!

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Next week: When a student challenges your grade.

 

We welcome your comments, feedback and guest post submissions.

 

Email:  General Information   |   Dr. Daniel de Roulet   |   Prof. David C. Pecoraro

Thank you!

Daniel & David

Professors - David & Daniel

 

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SC 147 Finals Week

Notes from the Student Caring Podcast for Professors

SC 147 Finals Week

 

How we can help our students during finals week.

  • We can be positive and not let our (perhaps) our true feelings about how we are feeling become known.
  • Resist the urge to pack in as much materiel as we can. Our students are not in a strong learning mode at this time of the semester.

How we can help ourselves during finals week.

  • Do we make less comments when grading finals? Yes. Grade them well, but know that students don't usually pick them up.
  • We are grading, end of the year assessments rather than providing comments for improvement.
  • David paces his finals grading to meet rather than beat the grade submission deadline.
  • Daniel advises that we get enough sleep so we can be rested for our grading tasks.
  • Consider a faculty grading party at a fun location.

 We wish for you all, a very good final week of the semester!

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We welcome your comments, feedback and guest post submissions.

 

Email:  General Information   |   Dr. Daniel de Roulet   |   Prof. David C. Pecoraro

Thank you!

Daniel & David

Professors - David & Daniel

 

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