Rules For Posting To This Blog and Weekly Blog Question

1. Only use your first name (no last names, addresses, IM screen names, etc.)
2. Show respect and consideration of others when posting and commenting. This includes individuals, students, organizations, political parties, colleagues, etc.
3. Check all posts for spelling and grammar errors before posting.
4. Protect the privacy of others. Gain permission from other people before you write about them. Avoid sharing someone else's last name. Use job titles or pseudonyms when writing about experiences with your co-workers or students.
5. Watch your language. Use politically correct and non-offensive language.
6. Make sure you write about things that are factual.
7. Keep your postings education-oriented. Avoid discussing plans for the weekend, etc.

This week I would like you to use your imagination. You have just won the lottery and will leave your teaching post immediately to travel around the world. As you leave your keys you meet your replacement. You are asked to give this new teacher just ONE piece of advice. What would that be, and why? Enjoy your world expedition!

Blog Post - Week 7
This past week in my own teaching I felt a little disconnected which prompts my question to you, "What was the moment (or moments) when I felt most disconnected or disengaged as a teacher - the moment(s) I said to myself, I'm just going through the motions here?"

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 6
For the past couple of weeks you have experienced asynchronous online learning (doing modules by yourself). Previously this semester you have experienced synchronous online learning (all together in the Collaborate room). Which do you think is more effective and why do you think that? Which do you like better, and why?

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 5
This week we have what we call "open mic." You can write a post about anything related to your teaching that you would like responses from your classmates.

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 4
Here is this week's question: "What was the event that most took me surprise this week - and event that shook me up, caught me off guard, gave me a jolt, or made me unexpectedly happy?"

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 3
Please write a post about the following question, "In thinking about my past week teaching what is one thing I would do differently, and why?"

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 2
Please write a post about the following question, " In thinking about my teaching activities this past week, of what do I feel most proud? Why?"

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 1
Describe something you used in your program in the first weeks of school that you learned in the summer NTI program. How did it work? Did it get you off to a stronger start than last year?

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Make It Relevant

     One of the things that I really enjoy about teaching Healthcare Science is that I get to teach what I love primarily to a group of students who chose my class. I am sure that many core teachers wish they had the option to teach students who chose to be in their classes versus being required to take their classes. However, I am very much aware of the handful of students who are placed in my classes as a second or third choice for their career pathway. One or two of them did not list Healthcare as a choice at all. I take time to ask if there is anyone in each class that did not request Healthcare Science during the first week of school. With these students I make sure that I take the time to stress that whatever the topics are that we are covering, they will be beneficial to them whether they pursue a career in healthcare or not. As a matter of fact, much of the content we cover is just good information to know to live a healthy lifestyle.
     For example, my second year students are covering a GPS on infection control and prevention right now. The principles and guidelines discussed are useful to healthcare providers and laypersons as it will help prevent and control the spread of infection. Hand hygiene is one of the most important skills a person can acquire. Most people do not wash their hands properly and do not know when it is appropriate to wash hands. The most obvious times are before meals and after toileting, however,  we specifically cover about 12 times that you should wash your hands along with the proper technique using a step by step process. Each student does a return demonstration with the instructor in which they must repeat the process if it is not correct. They learn the rationale for performing proper handwashing and the consequences of failing to do so.
     Throughout the school-year I also ask students if they have relatives or acquaintences with various issues that we discuss during the classes. This makes the information relevant for them and teaches them to respond in various situations/scenarios regarding health and wellness even if they do not want to pursue a career in healthcare. Lastly, if all else fails and they just absolutely want nothing to do with Healthcare Science (which is rare), I serve as a mediator between their parents and their guidance counselor to help get the student transferred to a CTAE course that is a better fit for them. My students are informed  from day one that I am happy that they are in my class and I want all of them to remain, however, I do not take it personally if a transfer is desired or requested. I tell them this is their life and their decision and that they should choose their CTAE courses wisely to prepare themselves for a successful career in the near future

1 comment:

Mr. H said...

This is a great blog. I know where I am at I feel the same. So many students out there I feel are just trying to DISCOVER what they are and where they fit in the whole CTAE universe. With that being said I know the best points of the program I teach are areas where some students refuse to tread.

When it comes to finance and accounting many students want to simply give up and run away. The past two weeks of teaching have been so hard because the students associate it with a Math class at this point and that is just a travesty!

However, I have reached a break through with Prezi. With the latest lessons I have come up with, the naysayer students who wanted to drop my class so close to the end of the Semester are now REEVALUATING themselves because I am asking THEM to tell me what they learned, are learning,and WANT to learn using Prezi.

It is amazing sometimes what some Web 2.0 application assignments can do to the overall morale of a class!

Mr. H