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

The final days of a class...

PODCAST OUTLINE
- Recorded on December 6, 2011

- Success story from listener, Dave Stachowiak who tried beginning his class with an exercise to engage with the students as opposed to spending the entire session on the syllabus.

  • We are in that last week of instruction and finals.
    - Students are in a high-stress state of mind.
    What are professors are thinking about?
    - Looking forward to the end of the term.
    - Looking ahead to the next term. We are continually revise our courses.
    - Students who live in the dorms are packing up to move out for a month.
    - Students are working hard to prepare for their finals.
    - Students and professors are on the same track at this time of the year which can result in stressful teaching and cramming.
    - This is a busy time of year for professors.
    - Our students are over tired, nervous, stressed and tend to be more accident prone.
    What are students thinking about?
    - Finals!
    - Preparing to travel and go home for the holiday break.
    - The red zone. When students do not have as much to do.
    - Life insists on crashing in on our carefully planned schedules. Life and family issues which were not a big part of their schedules during a semester, are now about to return to their lives.
    - David shares a creative solution to using unexpected lab fees to help out his students during a mini-class graduation ceremony at the end of the semester.
  • Students do not always have a lot of friends to turn to during this time of the year.
    - Daniels is trying to get his students to calm down and reflect on what has been learned as opposed to panic study. He encourages his students to write final exam questions so they may think calmly and reflectively near the end of the term.
    - The last class is very important. Focusing on: What can you do with this information? Examples of students who have come before them and what they have done with this information.
    - The Christmas rush is on all of our minds, this is a time to calm down and reflect.
    - Since our journey together is coming to an end, it can be sad.
    We would like to hear from you, our listeners, what have you observed which was wonderful student caring?

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- We are signing off for the semester and we thank you for joining us during this semester.

- Our next podcast will be broadcast from Waikiki, Hawaii where we will be presenting at the Hawaii International Conference on Higher Education.
- The tentative schedule for are events is:
Thursday, January 5, 2012 at 3:00pm
Workshop:  Student Caring:  Reinventing the College Learning Environment
Thursday, January 5, 2012 at 4:45pm
Paper: Rebuilding the Bridge:  Responding to Changes in the Higher Education Landscape
Friday, January 6, 2012 at 3:00pm in the Kona Moku Room
Poster Presentation:  Student Caring:  Reinventing the College Classroom

We are having our first, Student Caring Meet-Up on Thursday, January 5, 2012 at 7:00pm
Location TBA.
If your are interested in joining us please email us at:  info@studentcaring.com.

We wish you a warm holiday - like we are looking forward to.

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Advice for Parents


Parents and College Students - Part 2 / Knowing who your students are today - Parental & Professorial Hopes

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The Podcast Outline:
We welcome our newest International listeners:
Japan
The Republic of Korea
Morocco
Saudi Arabia
The United Kingdom
Australia

We wanted to remind you about our upcoming speaking engagement at the International Conference on Higher Education. It will be January 5-8 in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Their website is:  http://www.hiceducation.org/ Registration is still open.

We will be hosting a gathering on Wakiki Beach  where we would love to meet with you to talk about student caring and higher education.

In this podcast we’ll discuss what parents, students, professors and administrators these do about the very real fears.

As we discussed in our last podcast - here is our list of common parental fears:
- My kid will major in the wrong thing and never make money.
- My kid will not be able get a job.
- My student is wasting the talents which I have observed them to process.
- My child will not be safe in college.
- My child will never settle on an major, they keep changing it.
- My child will not act responsibly and keep up with his or her class work.
- I worry that the cost of the education will not pay off.
- Will child will act socially irresponsibly and get into trouble.
- My child will radically change. / I will not know him / her anymore.
- I will never see them again. / They will move away.
- Empty nest syndrome. / What do I do now? / What is my job now / Is my job done?
- My child has significant health / sociological needs - who will take care of them in college?
- Who will make sure that my student is getting good grades?
- I did not send my child to the right school. / My child did not select right school.
- I did not save / invest enough money for their education.
- My child will mess up and not finish their degree.
- My child will not good enough grades to advance into graduate studies.

PARENTAL HOPES
- My child will earn their degree and get a job a good job.
- My child will find a lifelong spouse.
- My child will make good friends for life.
- My child will stay in touch with their familial roots.
- My child will live near me.
- My child will become a mature well-rounded adult.
- My child will earn excellent grades.

OUR HOPES
We say our, because we are all in this together - for the student.
- We want them to learn how to learn.
- We want them to learn how to solve their own problems and seek help appropriately.
- We want them to enjoy and become excited about their education.
- We relish in seeing their transformation from the students who is 3 months out of high school to the young adult who is self-confident.
- We want them to know their strengths and skills.
- We want them to know what they still need to learn.
- We want them to be prepared for what follows our time with them.
- We want them to stay in touch with us as adults.
- We want them to learn how to interact successfully with other adults.
- We want them to do well academically.
- We want them to learn how to recover from failure.

College, at best is adulthood with a safety net.
College is meant to address important issues, of preparation and transformation.
College is not meant to solve everything.
We must learn to relate to them not as child but as an adult.
Realities of how this affects the learning environment for administrators and professors.

Does this mean that parents are no longer useful - not at all
Establishing an adult relationship with your child?
Advice on money management.

Allowing them to learn by experience - which can be painful.
The years that a student is in college are precious and temporary.

Thank you for listening to this episode.
In our next episode, you will HEAR about WHAT WE ARE DOING AS WE APPROACH THE END OF OUR SEMESTERS

To you, our listeners,  IT IS YOUR TURN   ---   as we have shared some thoughts with you about this topic - we invite you to do the same.

We want to hear your stories about Student Caring or the lack there of. YOU MAY TELL YOUR STORY….

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  • AND / OR You may tell your story - via the TELEPHONE.. Please call the student caring TOLL - FREE voice number,

1 - (855) NEWWAY- CARE       A.K.A.  1 -(855) 639-9292

THIS EPISODE WAS RECORDED ON November 3, 2011

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Advice for Parents


Parents and College Students - Part 1 / Kno
wing who your students are today

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How Important is Academic Preparedness?


Academic Preparedness / Knowing who your students are today

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The HIGH Cost of Higher Education Today


Student Finances: Knowing who your students are today.

In podcast episode No. 4, the co-hosts, Dr. Daniel de Roulet and Prof. David C. Pecoraro,  talk about “Knowing who your Students are Today: Student Finances”

The Podcast Outline:

This is the first of a 3 part series: Knowing Who Your Students Are Today

#1  Student Finances

#2  Student Academic Preparedness

#3  Students and Parents

Announcement: Student Caring will be speaking at the Hawaiian International Conference on Higher Education. We’ll be putting together a “Meet and Greet” for our listeners. Attire: Business Casual or Hawaiian!

Dinosaur (Historical) information from Daniel and David

We’re talking “That 70’s Show” era rather than “Happy Days.”

• David shares his journey from high school to college and graduate school from a financial perspective.

• Daniel shares his situation and the benefits of an education which was not cost prohibitive.

• A college education, while a struggle, was not unsurmountable, nor difficult to finance.

• Daniel shares statistics from: National Center for Education Statistics

• From 2001 to now the cost of education has increased by an average of 50%.

• Students and parents are taking out loans at an average of $18,000 a year.

• Graduation Rates: Just a little over 50% of undergraduate student graduate in 4 years. 61 % graduate in 5 years and 63% graduate in 6 years.

• Family debt for a 4 year degree is averaging $72,000 – $100,000.

• Taking out a second mortgage on a home, with today’s housing market, is not an option for many families.

• College savings accounts, begun 20 years ago, are “not enough” for the cost of today’s education.

• In 2011, our students are worried about tuition hikes and debt.

• Full-time students in a four-year program are working to address these concerns.

42% of our students are working over 25 hours per week.

25% of our students are working 36 hours or more per week.

• These factors create additional stress for the student.

• What can we as educators do?

Be aware. Survey your students to discover how they are doing and your own stress level?

David’s advice: Meet with the student one-on-one and illustrate where their education fits into the big picture of their lives.

Daniel:  The national medium income for a graduate is an average of $15,000 a year more than those without a degree. He advises:  “Stick with it,” advice he was given.

Advice to students:

Look over the long term to discover future benefits.

Ask:  “Are you working more than you need to?”

• Today’s students are expected to bring technology with them, which is an increased cost. Automobiles are often necessary and expensive.

Students need to stay focused on your primary work: getting an education.

• Helping students to learn how to manage their time can be very helpful in relieving stress.

• Listening to students talk about their stresses is essential.

• David shares how important it is for him to be the very best professor possible because his students deserve the best.

• Listener, Don Lubach, Ph.D., stated in a review of our podcast: “Our only hope is to pool resources and techniques. We have to do our best work to help our students as they make their way to graduation and a tough job market.”

• Daniel encourages everyone to make this a “College Issue.”

• Today’s financial landscape is very different from the 1970’s.

STUDENT CARING TIPS

• When a class finishes a few minutes early, this a golden opportunity for students and professors to connect with each other.

• Stick around during a break.

• Let students know where you will be having coffee or lunch and invite them to join you.

• Coffee is important!

 

Please, tell your friends and colleagues about us!

In our next episode we’ll talk about, “Knowing Who Today’s Students Are: Student Academic Preparedness,” and continue to take us with you as we explore student caring.

We welcome your feedback to this podcast and our work:

YOU MAY  Go to iTunes and write a review or simply, in iTunes, click on STAR to rate us. – we would really appreciate that!

Email us!

Daniel: daniel@studentcaring.com   David: david@studentcaring.com

OR You may tell give voice feedback on student caring TOLL – FREE voice number, 1 – (855) NEWWAY- CARE       That’s – 1 -(855) 639-9292

THANK YOU FOR LISTENING & PLEASE JOIN OUR COMMUNITY

You may find us on:

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This way, we can keep you informed about our upcoming eBook and Audio program:  The Caring Professor: A Guide to Effective, Rewarding, and Rigorous Teaching

Until next time:  Keep  Caring!

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Zero to 100 Miles per hour - overnight!


Listen to Student Caring story from one of our listenrs and hear how the first days of instruction went from, Dr. Daniel de Roulet and Prof. David C. Pecoraro.

In podcast episode No. 3, the co-hosts, Dr. Daniel de Roulet and Prof. David C. Pecoraro, discuss a story from a listener and their first days of instruction.

The Podcast Outline:

• Welcome to the world of “Fast Pace!”

• Student caring typically needs to be “spliced in” to daily life.

• Meetings, meetings, and more meetings.

• David invites the audience to listen to two stories by Robin Homalok.

• Robin’s story about the professor and those who take care of you.

• Robin’s second story, “The Professor and the Slide Rule.”

• Reaction to the stories.

• How to counteract the possibility of an initial negative reaction to the course and professor.

• Creating a “Welcoming” first day of instruction.

• Highlights from Dr. James K.A. Smith of Calvin College

• Caring in chaos during the first week of instruction.

• Student Caring is about action!

• Student Caring is often about encouraging students to enter adulthood. This can involve “tough encounters. Daniel tells a story about a student from his past, who wanted to negotiate her grade.

• Additional highlights from Dr. James K.A. Smith. Look at your alumni to assess how well they have been taught. Professors are not merely “Heads on a Stick,” they are also, “Hearts on a Stick.”

• A student’s perspective of the professor during class and the results of their “in-class time” afterward when they turn in excellent work.

• Students are also, heads and hearts!

• Summary of the podcast topics.In our next episode we’ll talk about, “Knowing Who Today’s Students Are,” and continue to take us with you as we explore student caring.

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SC 02 Preparing For the First Day of Instruction

What we do to get ready for our students.

Preparing for the first days of instruction. The co hosts discuss what they do to prepare for the first day of instruction.

In podcast episode No. 2, the co-hosts, Dr. Daniel de Roulet and Prof. David C. Pecoraro, discuss the preparations they are making for their first days of instruction for the fall semester.To all of the listeners who have downloaded our first podcast, “THANK YOU.” We are very happy to see how popular this subject is.

The Podcast Outline:

•  Our courses have larger than usual enrollments and large waiting lists.

•  Communicating with our students via email during the weeks before the first day of instruction.

•  Preparing a welcoming orientation meeting.

•  Meeting with the new students and addressing their unique needs.

•   Pairing up new students with continuing ones and the assignment of a faculty mentor.

•  We each discuss the courses that we’ll be teaching.

•  Daniel discusses the importance of office hours and a coffee hour.

•  An exploration of learning experiences which could occur outside of the classroom.

•  An exercise in learning about your students before you meet them.

-  A look at significant events which have occurred during their lives.

-  Looking at our students’ lives in contrast to ours.

•  The summer before a student begins college.

-  Daniel shares his summer before college and his first day of instruction.

-  David discusses the summer vacation which did not occur and his transition to college.

•  Understanding the student’s perspective and the professor’s opportunity to set the tone.

•  Daniel provides words of encouragement for all professors.

•  David preparations for getting to know his students and pronounce their names!

•  The professor’s perspective vs. your students’.

-  Establishment of ground rules.

-  “Crossing the bridge from high school to college.”In our next episode you hear about how our first days went.

We welcome your feedback to this podcast and our work:

YOU MAY  Go to iTunes and write a review or simply, in iTunes, click on STAR to rate us. – we would really appreciate that!Email us!

Daniel: daniel@studentcaring.com   David: david@studentcaring.com

OR You may tell give voice feedback on student caring TOLL – FREE voice number, 1 – (855) NEWWAY- CARE       That’s – 1 -(855) 639-9292

THANK YOU FOR LISTENING & PLEASE JOIN OUR COMMUNITY

You may find us on:

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This way, we can keep you informed about our upcoming eBook and Audio program:  The Caring Professor: A Guide to Effective, Rewarding, and Rigorous Teaching

Until next time:  Keep  Caring!

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SC 01 Welcome to Student Caring

About: Student Caring / Daniel & David


Welcome to The Student Caring Project! Join professors de Roulet and Pecoraro every two weeks as they encourage students, parents, professors to focus, first, on Student Caring - A New Way of Thinking About College.

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