Notes from the Student Caring Podcast for Professors
Book recommendation from Dr. Daniel de Roulet
Adulting: How to Become a Grown-up in 468 Easy(ish) Steps
- Young adults today don’t seem to be launching all that well.
- We see this every day in our classrooms.
- We make assumptions about what our students know about college.
How to help our students understand some essential information in the course syllabus.
- How we address the syllabus on day one is key.
- When the answer a student asks us verbally, is on the syllabus, we need to refer them to that document instead of answering it for them. We want them to look at the syllabus often and use it as an essential resource.
Ways we can help our students know and understand what is on the syllabus.
- The syllabus quiz. If you don’t pass, the quiz, you are dropped from the course.
- Reading the syllabus to the class. (We do not recommend this.)
Your email address
- This is essential.
- Let your students know the best way they can reach you.
- We don’t see that students actually know what “office hours” are.
- It is rare for our students to utilize our office hours. (This is one reason why we created the “One Minute Office Hour.”
- Write a clear statement about why and when you have office hours.
What is a syllabus?
- Our students may not know what a syllabus is.
- For reasons not known to us, students avoid reading this document.
- In writing, and verbally, we need to tell our students why the syllabus is important.
- If we focus on the importance of the syllabus in relationship to their grade, we can get their attention.
What is this course?
- Explain to your class what the course is about, they might not understand past, “I just know that I have to take this course.”
- We find that our students walk into our class on the first day and that’s when they begin to figure out what the course is about.
- We need to think about our class, what we know and also understand what our students don’t know.
- Give your students essential and important dates.
- Tell your students to put these down in their daily planners.
- Tell your students to buy and use a daily planner or refer them to this video.
- Students, for a variety of reasons do not get all of the required course materials.
- Tell your students what it means to have a book on reserve in the library.
- Students tend to spend as little money as possible on the text book. Often this is a disaster.
- Access to the online course management system and access to a printer is essential.
- It is good idea for our students to buy a folder for each class and put all information in them.
- It is in your best interest to purchase a day-timer and use it daily.
We wish for you all, good first weeks of instruction.
We welcome your comments, feedback and guest post submissions.
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