Here’s another one of our most popular podcast episodes: Teaching Students Who Are On Fire To Learn
Updated commentary by Daniel and David
~ ### ~
Golden Oldie – Replay
Teaching Students Who Are On Fire To Learn
This blogpost and podcast is for our colleagues in higher educations, professors, the world over.
This is #2 in our series on teaching. We continue with a look at students who are on fire to learn.
GUIDING OUR STUDENTS ACADEMIC PASSIONS.
- College Student: “Teach it all to me – TODAY!” How do we direct that in the classroom?
- The challenge for professors is to teach all of the students in front of you. Those who are on fire to learn as well as those who have little interest. A.K.A. Professor: “Why are you taking this class?” College Student: “I have to, it’s a requirement.”
- College is a half marathon, not a sprint.
- You can recognize these students and focus their energies on an individual basis to challenge them.
- Our role as a mentor can begin to take shape with enthusiastic students.
- We want to recognize their gifts and encourage them.
SOCIAL PRESSURES FOR THE STUDENT WHO IS ON FIRE TO LEARN.
- Sometimes these students can get on the nerves of other students. Uh oh – they’ll break the curve!
- These students may be unintentionally disruptive by dominating the classroom. Professors need to control the classroom discussion and encourage the entire group to participate. Other students will happily sit there and zone-out while one or two others dominate the class.
- College Student: “Hey, what about me? I’m here to learn too!”
- College Student: “Our relationships with our peers are extremely important to us.”
- These situations are good because they help to prepare them for workplace social dynamics.
~ ### ~
Professors David C. Pecoraro and Daniel de Roulet, with over 50 years of combined teaching, faculty development and administrative experience, provide professional mentoring services for professors wishing to improve in the following areas:
- Course organization and management
- Syllabus and lesson plan construction
- Creating successful examinations, assignments, projects, and field trips
- Improving instructor-student communication and rapport
- Constructing a career plan
- Mock job interview
- Other areas? (Let us know.)
You E-mail us with a one page narrative of your current situation and the area(s) where you want to improve.
We’ll reply to you with a list of available dates and time for your one-hour appointment and payment information.
1. You select a date and time, provide us with your contact information in the form of a telephone number or Skype account name. 2. Deposit $200. USD (One-time-flat-fee) into our PayPal account.
1. We’ll reply to you confirming the date and time of your session and your paid fee. 2. We begin an analysis of your narrative and prepare for your mentoring session.
We’ll telephone / Skype you at the scheduled time and conduct your session.
During this one precious hour, the two of us focus on you – your vision, your goals, and your personal and professional development. We find this most effective when it becomes a shared conversation between us.
Within 5 business days, we will E-mail you with an action plan and accompanying materials.
Available to you, is a thirty-minute followup session within 4 months from the first session. Just contact us to schedule that meeting.
Completely Confidential: We understand the personal and sensitive nature of these important areas and promise to you that we will never discuss them with anyone, ever. We retain your information only for the purposes of the above steps. When our communications are concluded, we delete all information.
Professor David C. Pecoraro, M.F.A.
I have been a teaching college professor since 1980 and am passionate about all that I have learned about the profession of teaching, which I love. While I teach general education requirements in the arts, my department home has always been in the theatre. I teach courses in the area of design, management and production: Stage Management, Lighting Design, Introduction to Theatre, and others. I have taught at the undergraduate level at a community college and a private university and at the graduate level where I taught stage management for a large university.
I am passionate about interacting with my colleagues, globally, about the profession of teaching. Within that, of course, “Student Caring.” I have been teaching long enough to have observed how, when integrated with excellent instruction, can make all the difference in the world for the student. Within that scope, I am especially passionate about course design, in-class instruction, and the transition from college to career.
Dr. Daniel de Roulet, Ph.D.
After receiving a Ph.D. in English from the University of California, Irvine in 1992, I have been a college professor and administrator, and currently teach writing and literature. I have led revisions to general education and first-year curricula, worked with developing educational assessment plans of student learning, and received undergraduate teaching awards. I have also coordinated a writing program for at-risk students. My experience is at four-year universities, a four-year college, and at community colleges.
My desire is to bring a sense of personal care into each class I teach, helping students to become adult thinkers and to be equipped for the world after college. Nothing is quite like participating in a student’s discovery or rediscovery of education—this, and my continued learning in a community of students, motivates me to teach. I also realize that we college professors are often woefully unprepared for the dynamics of the classroom. My hope is to produce work that will encourages professors to take on as a life-long project the understanding of students and how to best teach them.
Prof. David C. Pecoraro ~ Dr. Daniel de Roulet
Frequently Asked Questions:
Can a colleague or colleagues join a mentoring session?
No. We want to focus on the needs of one individual at a time. Moreover, it is a good confidentiality practice, which we take very seriously.
Can I record the mentoring session?
What languages does your mentoring services provide?
At this time, we only offer the English language. If you have a translator available to you, we can work with them.
Do you offer small group or faculty-retreat / in-service mentoring?
Yes. The sessions include:
- A presentation on our most the most pressing needs for professors today.
- Guidance on creating action plans.
- Post-retreat / group evaluation of action plans.
- Optional individual post-retreat / group progress evaluation.
Group/faculty-retreat mentoring: $750. per half-day session; travel and lodging expenses; materials cost at $20 per participant; optional progress evaluations at $100. per participant
Contact Prof. Pecoraro for information about booking a group session. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org