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

Responding To Our Students

In this blogpost / podcast we comment on our interviews of the two previous podcasts with Mr. Micah Stratton and Ms. Tasha Levin.

Here are the statements we comment on:

  • Micha:  "I want my class time to count."
  • Micha:  "You have to make us think for ourselves."
  • Micha:  "We are only taking the general education courses because we have to."
  • Micha:  "I think the most popular one (struggle) is time management."
  • Micha:  "I have seen the looks on their (Seniors) faces and they have no ideal what they are doing after they graduate."
  • Tasha:  "After taking a break 'in the real world,' I realized how important an education is and that you can't get anywhere without it."
  • Tasha:  "RATE MY PROFESSORS DOT COM, it's a tool that has never failed me, ever."
  • Tasha:  "I am seeing the teacher turning away students who are trying to get in."
  • Tasha:  "It is the atmosphere that you create as a teacher. That helps to set the pace for the entire semester."

LINKS REFERENCED IN THIS EPISODE

Teaching Academic Survival and Success - Conference

aSleep App - Source of the beach and sea gull sounds.

Teaching and the Case Study Method - Discussion Based Teaching

Rate My Professors dot com.

Apple Movie Trailers.

This episode was recorded in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida on Tuesday, March 19, 2013.

[box] AN INVITATION TO THE STUDENT CARING COMMUNITY:

Students, Professors, Parents, and all of higher education, we invite your feedback on these important topics. Thank you.

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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

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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.

 

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Understanding Our Students - Tasha

In this blogpost / podcast we interview our special guest, Ms. Tasha Levin who shares her thoughts about her experiences while in college and responds to our questions.

Here are some highlights from the podcast.

STUDENT CARING:  "What has college been like for you?"

"I felt really lost in a large university."

"I did not know where to go."

"My biggest challenge in California is getting into classes."

"I was number 32 on the petition list!"

STUDENT CARING: "We often now have waiting lists that are larger than the classes."

"Half these kids are going to flake out in two week anyways, LET ME IN!"

STUDENT CARING: "What are the difficulties that students face in College today?

"There is no guarantee at the end that you will get a job, it is very disheartening."

"Students don't take their education seriously."

"It took me a little while to stand up to my parents."

STUDENT CARING: "How do you balance being a student full time and working full time?"

"I learned to prioritize my education as number one."

"My employer allows my education to be my number one priority.

STUDENT CARING: "Can you identify what makes a class great?"

"I enjoy the classes the most when a teacher incorporates us into the discussion."

"I appreciate a break during a lecture."

"It gets our brains moving when we break into groups."

"When the teacher learns everybody's names you feel like a person."

STUDENT CARING: "When do things not go so well in a class?"

"It is exactly like the teacher on 'Wonder Years', boring, the teacher answers all the questions."

STUDENT CARING: "How do you decide which class / professor to take?"

"RATE MY PROFESSOR DOT COM. Almost every person uses this. It is a tool that has never failed me."

"Many times, a student just wants an easy class, they just want to get the grade."

STUDENT CARING: "Does RATE MY PROFESSOR DOT COM influence your course evaluations ?"

"I give my heartfelt evaluation at the end, how else are they going to know?"

STUDENT CARING: "What's your opinion of your fellow students?"

"In Boston, everybody was paying tens of thousands for each class, everybody was very serious."

"Here, (in California) students are more open, it is very diverse."

STUDENT CARING: "How do you think students feel about general education classes?"

"I think a lot of students feel resentful. You know your not going to use it for the rest of your life."

STUDENT CARING: "What advice do you have for administrators and professors?"

"You don't know what is in a students mind until you ask them. People who are older are so far separated, they are not equipped to make those decisions at all.

STUDENT CARING: "Since you will be a teacher one day, what do you think will be most important for you to bring into the classroom as a teacher?"

"I say, it is the atmosphere that you create as a teacher. The class feeds upon that. When they are excited about what they are teaching the students follow through."

"When a professor is really boring, I can't take it."

"A professor can change a class from day to night.  Come in with a smile!"

STUDENT CARING: "Thank you Tasha!"

This episode was recorded in Southern California on Tuesday, February 26, 2013.

[box] AN INVITATION TO THE STUDENT CARING COMMUNITY:

Students, Professors, Parents, and all of higher education, we invite your feedback on these important questions and on the answers given by Ms. Tasah Levin. Thank you.

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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

Respond to the BLOG on 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:

Twitter Facebook Google + Pinterest

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.

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Understanding Our Students

In this blogpost / podcast we interview our special guest, Mr. Micha Stratton who shares his thoughts about his experiences while in college and responds to our questions.

Here are some highlights from the podcast.

STUDENT CARING:  What is a successful classroom experience?

Mr. Micah Stratton:
"We want to get something out of a class."

"Don't read the syllabus to us."

"I want my class time to count."

"We don't want to be board."

"When there is no diversity - we check out - we want to contribute."

"We love professors who are relaxed, a familiar face."

"A good professor makes us give back to them."

"Be real, take time to digress, we need that mental break."

STUDENT CARING:  WHAT DO YOU STRUGGLE WITH?

Mr. Micah Stratton:
"Busy work in the classroom."

"I love being intellectually stimulated."

"You have to make us think for ourselves."

"We need help to learn what we should learn."

"We are only taking the general eds. because we have to."

"I feel like I am wasting my time, my time is precious."

STUDENT CARING:  What do you observe other students struggling with the most?

Mr. Micah Stratton:
"Time management is something that a lot of people don't figure out."

"I see other students staying up till 3 am because they didn't get all their assignment done."

"We are not thinking in long term chunks, we're just trying to get through the moment."

"Time management is a tough thing for us."

"Do you really want to do that or watch Iron Man?"

STUDENT CARING:  Do you see things that students struggle with in their personal lives?

Mr. Micah Stratton:
"Social life takes up a lot of time."

"People struggle to find something to do with the time that they have."

"Quality relationships and friendships take time, I really struggle with friends, having time for them."

"I choose health and I choose sleep. I am sacrificing."

Mr. Micah Stratton - On procrastination...

"I can find out that morning that I have a test and I usually don't get anything less than an A-.

"Planning ahead for me is just not something that I make time for because I don't have to.

"Half the time students realize they have homework when other students bring it up randomly.

"Procrastination is just something you have time for. Planning ahead is something you don't.

"There's people who procrastinate and it works, and then there's the kind of people who are just lazy and their grade reflects that, and then there's just the person who does the assignment, they don't procrastinate."

Mr. Micah Stratton - On my test taking system...

"I spend 15 seconds - max on a test question."

"CABDD - I memorize that, then fill in the Scantron."

"If you don't know the answer, just move on."

"You need to learn how to take tests well."

STUDENT CARING:  How well do you think your College experiences have prepared you for life after college?

Mr. Micah Stratton: "As an actor there are a lot of things that  are different.

"Do I need a college degree get work? No. But, I do need the classes.

"I  watch seniors graduate and they don't do anything, I see the looks on their faces when they realize they have no idea what they are doing after they graduate."

"It's scary. I'm nervous right now. I don't know what I am going to do."

"It's hard to not feel that I am wasting my time."

"I think that, as a student, we need to be groomed for the future."

"We need our professors and teachers to look outside the box for us."

"College is our time to grow, that is when we are supposed to grow. We get coddled, we get babied."

"I don't know if I'm going to be successful after I graduate, am I wasting my time here?  I'm only 20 once, I'm only in college, once."

STUDENT CARING:  What are your opinions about higher education in general and other opinions that you could honestly share about college.

Mr. Micah Stratton: 
"What's the point of math to a theatre major?"

"Why am I required to take the same class that I took in High School?"

"I feel that we need to find things that help us."

"We need our careers to be molded."

"Professors can put their hand into your life."

"Is it worth all of the time and the money I am spending?"

"Higher Education is important, but it needs to have a point. We want our time be used correctly."

STUDENT CARING:  Has anyone of your prof.s in a general ed class said - "This is how this class will help you?"

Mr. Micah Stratton:
"
I can't remember a time."

"The good things are what keeps me in higher education

AN INVITATION TO THE STUDENT CARING COMMUNITY:

Students, Professors, Parents, and all of higher education, we invite your feedback on these important questions and on the answers given by Mr. Micah Stratton. Thank you.

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

Respond to the BLOG on 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:

Twitter Facebook Google + Pinterest

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.

 

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A "L O N G" Day in the life of Prof. David Pecoraro. This episode picks up from where the previous one left off.

TIMELINE

11:00 am - Stage Lighting Design Class
12:07 pm - Office time - Lunch Break!
02:20 pm - Journey to my Introduction to the Arts Class
02:35 pm - Experiencing a group production number with student choreographer, Bretlyn Schmitt.
03:55 pm - Lighting Class - Lab / Light Call 05:00 pm - Break! Audio tour of my office
05:30 pm - Dinner with my son, Joseph at the university cafeteria
06:45 pm - Return to the theatre for a dress rehearsal for "Little Women"
09:3 0 pm - After the dress rehearsal, David walks back to his office and concludes his day.

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Podcast 30:

#1 A Day in the Life of a Professor

The Student Caring Project champions the higher education student by surrounding them with a community of support. This community will often consist of family, professors, administrators, and staff. One of our most popular blog posts has been “A Day in the Life of a College Student.”

Following up on that concept, Co-founder, David Pecoraro picked up his digital recorder on the morning of November 26, 2012 and recorded his day. We hope you will be entertained, amused, and quite possibly learn something about, at least, one day in the life of Prof. David C. Pecoraro!

TIMELINE
09:00 am – Departure from home with Joseph Pecoraro
09:20 am – Arrival at Vanguard University of Southern California
10:00 am – Theatre Department faculty meeting

In the next podcast you will hear the remainder of the day.

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This podcast features Daniel delivering his paper at the Hawaii International Conference on Higher Education.
Now, we take you to the Hilton Hawaiian Village Conference Center - Honolulu - January 6, 2013 - Enjoy!

 Abstract:  The presentation presents a summary of typical approaches to first-year seminar or “introduction to college” courses, and suggests an approach integrated into the liberal arts curriculum that uses cognitive development models to plan student learning outcomes, assignments, and course format.  The redesigned seminar addresses academic preparedness for college work and students’ understanding of a liberal arts curriculum, and prepares students to begin to make the transition into higher levels of thinking.

Daniel de Roulet, Ph.D., Professor of English and co-chair, Irvine Valley College, daniel@studentcaring.com

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Course Evaluations, Part 2

In this podcast, we’ll look at how people other than professors see the course evaluation process, using some of our administrative experience to convince professors, parents, and students that department chairs, deans, and academic vice presidents really do look at the results.  We’ll discuss course evaluations as early signals of troubled or superior teaching.  Administrators often refer to course evaluations when they receive complaints about professors or classes; and, they often look at evaluations when getting good news about tenure-track faculty and when deciding on course assignments for part-time faculty.

Evaluations show patterns of teaching behavior that help administrators and faculty development committees or centers determine areas of need in a professor’s course skills.  They also identify potential mentors from established faculty for new faculty members.  Moreover, evaluations are not well used when they are a way of turning teaching performance into numbers; rather, they identify patterns of students care and learning.

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SC 27 #1 Courage and Course Evaluations

At the end of each academic semester, as students are racing to prepare for finals and professors are scrambling to grade papers and exams, our colleges and universities ask course evaluations to be completed.  Students and professors have many questions about this ritual.  Students may be wondering how confidential their responses are, or if anyone reads the evaluations, or what effects their comments may actually have on a professor’s teaching method and course.  Professors may see evaluations as an interruption as they try to cover the planned class material before the semester runs out.  They may see evaluations with a sense of dread if the semester did not go well, and they may wonder how administrators will react to the evaluations.  They may just wonder what their students think of them.

In this podcast, we’ll look at why evaluations are important—and not just those that take place at the end of the term.  We’ll discuss what the best kinds of evaluations are, and how students, professors and administrators can all benefit from the process, if the process is performed correctly.

 

 

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STUDENTS: Listen to Prof's de Roulet and Pecoraro teach you how you can procrastinate your way to an "A".

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In our experience, students fall behind in classes primarily because of problems with relationships, life emergencies, over-commitment, and lack of self-discipline / time management. 

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