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SC 189 Introducing Educator Burnout and its Causes

SC 189 Introducing Educator Burnout and its Causes

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We’re basing our podcasts on an application of Dr. Dike Drummond’s book, Stop Physician Burnout:  What to Do When Working Harder Isn’t Working.  Dr. Drummond was a successful family physician, working his dream job in a dream location, when he realized he could not continue.  His burnout was so severe that he walked away from the practice of medicine, and now dedicates his time to helping doctors avoid burnout and find meaning and satisfaction in their profession.

Unfortunately, most of the ideas and observations Dr. Drummond presents are also present in higher education.  Our task will be to apply what fits to the educator’s world, and to offer some discipline-specific observations as well.

Stress and burnout are not the same.  Stress is temporary and can be motivating, while burnout is a chronic condition that de-motivates and gets worse over time.  Dr. Drummond identifies three key symptoms of burnout:

  • Exhaustion—no matter how many breaks you take, exhaustion does not go away. It’s like filling up your tank in the gas station, and while driving away, realizing your tank is still registering “empty.”
  • Depersonalization—the feeling of just wanting to get through your work uninterrupted by students, colleagues, and administration. The stages of depersonalization are venting, sarcasm, cynicism, and “compassion fatigue.”  Compassion fatigue is the point of knowing that you should care about the students and co-workers around you, but you just don’t have anything left to give.
  • Hopelessness—feelings of no longer having a purpose in your work, or of not making a difference.

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SC 189 INTRODUCING EDUCATOR BURNOUT AND ITS CAUSES

If you are concerned about making tenure or getting hired as a full time professor, this book is for you.
The Caring Professor




The Caring Professor

 

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SC 188 Text Books

How we can help our students with textbooks. 

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Our students are not known for being the best textbook readers.

THE NATURE OF TEXTBOOKS IN HIGHER EDUCATION TODAY.

  • Textbooks are sometimes prohibitively expensive.
  • Students can’t afford the required books.
  • Student: “I can get another version of the textbook cheeper!”
    • Disaster.
  • Student: “My textbook didn’t arrive yet!”
    • Meaning: “It is their fault.”

HOW WE CAN HELP OUR STUDENTS UNDERSTAND HOW IMPORTANT THE TEXT BOOKS AND READING THEM ARE FOR THEIR SUCCESS.

  • Tell your students how important and critical it is that they get the textbook immediately.
  • Professor: “How many of you are interested in getting an “A” in the class? Please raise your hand.”
    • Lots of hands go up!
    • Professor:  “Great! You need to buy the book, today.” I am not guaranteeing you an “A,” but I am saying that won’t get an “A” unless you buy the book.”
  • We can order an instructor copy and put it on reserve in the library.
  • We can gently suggest to our students that they share a textbook.
    • Given the right situation and maturity level, sharing a textbook can work.
  • Make sure your assignments are actually using the readings in the textbooks.
    • Student: “They made me buy the textbook for $300. and we didn’t even use it!”
  • In week two or three say: “How many of you have the book?”

 

Next week: Introduction to the series: The Causes of Burnout for Educators.

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SC 188 TEXTBOOKS

If you are concerned about making tenure or getting hired as a full time professor, this book is for you.
The Caring Professor




The Caring Professor

 

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SC 187 Meetings - Meetings - Meetings!

How we can thrive and survive - meetings.

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Notes from our podcast.

What makes a meeting bad, good, and recommendations.

  • Meetings are part of our lives, either as the organizer or attendee.
  • Bad meetings are meetings that run long.
  • Meetings should not run more than 30 minutes.
  • Causes of a bad meeting:
    • A poorly established agenda
    • Lack of leadership
    • The tendency of people to talk to much
  • How do you know when you are in a good meeting?
    • The time goes by quickly
    • There is a purpose to the meeting
    • The meeting ends when you are done with the agenda
  • A meeting should only exist if there is reason for the personnel to interact with a topic.
  • Do not bring people together to inform them.
  • Colleagues should not be allowed to speak endlessly.

Recommendations...

  • You can set time limits on the agenda items.
  • Recognize that you can't control the behavior of others, but you can control your own.
  • Think about what you want to say and say it concisely. 
  • If a meeting is wandering off topic, you can bring everyone back to focus by stating where we are and where we need to be.

Next week: Buying and Reading Books

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Daniel & David

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SC 187 Meetings - Meetings - Meetings!

If you are concerned about making tenure or getting hired as a full time professor, this book is for you.
The Caring Professor




The Caring Professor

 

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SC 186 Caring for First Generation College Students

 

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How we can welcome our newest college students...

Notes from our podcast.

  • Statistics tell us that the population of students who are first in their families to attend college is growing.
  • Families want their kids to get better jobs than they have and see a college education as the answer.
  • Families often don't understand what a college experience will be like for their kids.
  • At David's university, 44% of the student population are first time college students. Wow!
  • These students are pioneers in their families.
  • Parents may have unrealistic expectation for their kids and apply unneccessary pressure.

Independance and Responsibility...

  • The notion of a syllabus and assignments may cause great fear for them. Moreover, they may be embarrassed about asking too many questions.
  • We need to teach and encourage these students more than others because they have no one at home who understands the college journey. We need to help them to understand the landscape.

Recommendations...

  • Have your university create a website of resources for first generation students and their parents, possibly available in multiple languages.
  • Get to know who these students are in your classes.
  • Recognize that these students need extra special care.
  • Let your students know that okay to "not get it all the time."

Next week: Meetings - Meetings - Meetings!

We welcome your comments, feedback and guest post submissions.

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Daniel & David

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SC 186 Caring for First Generation College Students

If you are concerned about making tenure or getting hired as a full time professor, this book is for you.
The Caring Professor




The Caring Professor

 

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SC 185 Welcoming New Students

HOW WE CAN WELCOME OUR NEWEST COLLEGE STUDENTS…

  • We can identify who they are by asking for a show of hands or asking them to complete a survey.
  • Help your students understand what “college behavior” is and what you expect. This is not a continuation of high school.
  • Very early in the semester, our students will either sink or swim, now is the time to offer help.

SUGGESTIONS:

  • At the beginning of your class, offer to help anyone who might need it.
  • As the semester progress, explain what normally happens during each week of the term.
  • The first semester can be a dangerous time for new students, we don’t wan’t it to be their last.
  • Explaining what academic probation really means can be a much needed wake up call.
  • Remind students when class starts. There are no bells, like they had in high school.
  • Remind your students about your office hours.
  • Take your lunch in a place where your students are eating too. Just being available in a casual place can create an opportunity for an important talk about the college experience.

Next week: Helping First Time College Students

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Daniel & David

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SC 185 WELCOMING NEW STUDENTS

If you are concerned about making tenure or getting hired as a full time professor, this book is for you.
The Caring Professor




The Caring Professor

 

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SC 184 Welcoming New Colleagues

We celebrate people when they are leaving, 
but not necessarily when they are arriving. 

We're glad you're here! Not, we're glad you were here.

When you are new to a college...

  • Being a faculty member at a new place is stressful. In fact, the entire new semester is stressful.

How we can help our newest colleagues.

  • Introduce yourself to a new person and offer to help. "I can be a resource for you."
  • Recall what it was like when you were new. What could have helped you?
  • Don't give them extra things to do.
  • Discourage them from volunteering for extra work. We want a first year person to concentrate on teaching.
  • If they were the second choice for the job, don't tell them!
  • Invite them to lunch!

Next week: Welcoming New Students

We welcome your comments, feedback and guest post submissions.

Email:  General Information   |   Prof. David C. Pecoraro

Thank you!

Daniel & David

 

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SC 183 Learning Management Systems

The Professor as Presenter – Learning Management Systems

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PREPARATION IS KEY

  • David interviewed a number of professors at an online university and discovered that for each online class, the professors were paid for 300 hours to prepare their course.
  • Switching to a learning management system overnight is crazy!

TIPS

  • Be attentive to your time in addition to your students time.
  • It is not wise for you to be online and available 24 /7.
  • Spend large amounts of time setting up your course online and making certain that it is working, 100% in all areas.
  • Don’t assume that your current students, in an online class, are the only students seeing the exam as it becomes easy for them to share.
  • Our students today are very comfortable using these learning management systems.
  • Use your management system as your personal assistant.
  • Discover how the software can enable you to teach in new and innovative ways to improve learning for your students.

We welcome your comments, feedback and guest post submissions.

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Thank you!

Daniel & David

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SC 183 LEARNING MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS

If you are concerned about making tenure or getting hired as a full time professor, this book is for you.
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SC 182 How We Use Media

The Professor as Presenter – How We Use Media

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USE OF MEDIA

  • What are we putting up onto the screen in the classroom?
  • Our students are used to having control of their screens – now we are in control of the content.
  • Our students consume more media in a week than we most likely did in 6 months at their age.

TIPS

  • Just because the media is available, by no means do we have to use it in the classroom.
  • Why spend the time in class “showing,” when you can spend the time in class, “discussing?”
  • Make it clear to your class how you are going to be using media and what you expect them to do while the media is being shown.
  • Daniel doesn’t use a TED TALK as content, rather it is an introduction to the content.

RESOURCES

We recommend the resources produced by Bonnie on her website: Teaching in Higher Ed.

 

We welcome your comments, feedback and guest post submissions.

Email:  General Information   |   Prof. David C. Pecoraro

Thank you!

Daniel & David

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SC 182 USE OF MEDIA

If you are concerned about making tenure or getting hired as a full time professor, this book is for you.
The Caring Professor




The Caring Professor

UPCOMING TOPIC IN THIS SERIES:

OUTSIDE OF CLASS EXTENSIONS

  • Learning management systems have become an important part of the learning experience.
  • These computer networks are expanding the space of the classroom.
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THE AUDIENCE IS LISTENING

Daniel tells a story about a teacher who’s tone of voice was always full of anger. (Must Listen)

  • How do our students interpret how we are sounding?
  • We can learn a lot from observing actors who specialize in evoking emotions in an audience by the way their voices sound.
  • As professors, we want our students to think a certain way.

When David teaches his safety lecture, he is dead serious. 

  • Dropping into a parental teacher mode when our students have not performed to our expectations can be very effective.
  • Always strive to connect with your class / audience.

Professors talking to themselves!

  • We can be a legend in our own minds!
  • We don’t want to exclude our students from our class!

How annoying!

  • Be aware of verbal patterns that may be driving your students crazy.
  • Because of our education and experience, we can use terms that our students have no idea what we are talking about. Give them permission to interrupt you.

We welcome your comments, feedback and guest post submissions.

Email:  General Information   |   Prof. David C. Pecoraro

Thank you!

Daniel & David

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SC 181 HOW DO WE SOUND TO OUR STUDENTS?

If you are concerned about making tenure or getting hired as a full time professor, this book is for you.
The Caring Professor




The Caring Professor

UPCOMING TOPICS IN THIS SERIES:

USE OF MEDIA

  • What are we putting up onto the screen in the classroom?
  • Our students are used to having control of their screens – now we are in control of the content.
  • Our students consume more media in a week than we most likely did in 6 months at their age.

OUTSIDE OF CLASS EXTENSIONS

  • Learning management systems have become an important part of the learning experience.
  • These computer networks are expanding the space of the classroom.
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SC 180 Presentation Materials

The Professor as Presenter – Presentation Materials
This podcast was recorded on August 5, 2016.

– TOPICS DISCUSSED IN THE PODCAST –

PRESENTATION MATERIELS

  • Are we prepared?
  • Do we look prepared?
  • Are we interesting and engaging or do we sound like a textbook?
  • Are our topics appropriate for the form of an in class lecture?

 

We welcome your comments, feedback and guest post submissions.

Email:  General Information   |   Prof. David C. Pecoraro

Thank you!

Daniel & David

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