I'm excited!

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I'm excited!
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Thu, 08-12-2004 - 3:02pm

I'm finally going to be teaching in higher education full time. I've just gotten a faculty appointment to teach preservice educational technology courses at one of the local universities. I'm accustomed to grad students and inservice teachers. Undergrads will be a new experience. Any advice??


Sherry

Sherry

 

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Thu, 08-12-2004 - 4:55pm
No advice, but lots of congratulations.
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Fri, 08-13-2004 - 6:02pm
Good for you! I'm so jealous! That is one of my goals in the future. I think they are kids too - just in bigger bodies! Good luck to you!

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Sun, 08-15-2004 - 1:40am
Hi - congrats on your new position. I have taught undergrad students and loved every moment of it. The student population of my courses ranged from those who were "traditional aged" 18 - just out of HS to an 85 year old grandmother completing her life long dream of attaining a degree. To that end - I set the record straight in the beginnning that as adult learners -

* we respect one another's contribution be it based on life, cultural or educational experiences.

* adhere to the syllabus and are timely with assignments and arrivals.

* "I will not chase you" (my favorite line) - if you choose not to attend - you must be responsible for that action and contact me for assignments and notes. I recognize that as adults life has away of catching up to us and requires our attention unexpectedly (sick children, car isssues, personal illness, etc.) Make sure that the students know that you will adhere to the college policies related to excessive absence, behavior, etc.

Honestly, by approaching them as adults, and reinforcing that I was willing to work with students personally, I had wonderful and respectful working relationships with the students. I found the experience to be wonderful and rewarding. Good luck to you!

JLM

 

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Sun, 08-15-2004 - 3:58pm

Thanks for the words of wisdom. With my grad students, I rarely have issues in my on-site classes, but my on-line students do try to make excuses. I guess that's because they know I'm not looking them in the eye and can't really check on them.

Sherry