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Are you stunting your learner’s growth?

By Kelly Beischel PhD, RN, CNE The summer is upon us and one would think that I would have vacation on the brain but I can’t keep myself from thinking about teaching and learning. You see, I was shopping in a large, unfamiliar supermarket the other day. I had a meager shopping list yet it took me nearly a decade to navigate the store to find my items. (Ok. I may be exaggerating, but it did feel that way.) If you’ve ever shopped in an unfamiliar supermarket, you know the feeling. I noticed Kroger employees like Shawncea everywhere, pushing big black carts, filling grocery orders. I quickly discovered that I was witnessing the ClickList phenomenon in action. If you’ve not heard of ClickList, you are in for a sweet surprise. A customer uploads an order for groceries using the ClickList Kroger App. These cart pushing magicians then fill the order. The customer drives by, picks up their order of groceries and voila – grocery shopping for the week is complete. I had a serious case of the envies as I slogged up and down the aisles attempting to find the items on my list. In fact, I considered giving my order to one of the nice ClickList associates and begging them […]

The Shocking Truth about Who May Be Responsible for Student Behavior

The Shocking Truth about Who May Be Responsible for Your Student Behavior By Kelly Beischel PhD, RN, CNE I just finished reading Todd Gongwer’s book, “LEAD…for God’s Sake,”  a parable about a coach who’s losing his connection with his players. One of the most memorable statements Gongwer made was this: “Leadership is one part influence and two parts responsibility. As people of influence, we must always take responsibility for our contribution to problems that arise around us.” Since educators are leaders, this quote pertains to us. We influence people all day, every day through the research we conduct and the manuscripts we publish as well as in our classrooms. Educators as Influencers of Learning Students see us as experts and expect us to have all the answers. And while we have the answers to many of their questions, we don’t have them all. How do we influence students when they ask a question to which we don’t know the answer? As leaders, we influence our students by role modeling what it looks like when an expert doesn’t have an answer, an important lesson for them to learn for sure. But what do we do when we don’t know the answer to our student’s question? Do we look it up? Do we […]

7 Strategies to Pump Up Your Summer Productivity

By Kelly Beischel You know that I love talking about ways to improve productivity, right? So when the assistant director for our Center for Teaching Excellence asked me if I would present some strategies for having a productive summer to faculty finishing their first year of teaching at our institution, I jumped at the chance.  You see, I know all too well how easy it is to have a summer of pretend. I know how to pretend I don’t have a syllabus to put together. How to pretend I don’t have writing to accomplish. How to pretend I don’t have classes needing a face lift.  And do you know what else I know? When I play pretend all summer, my fall semester is like a scene out of “Nightmare on Elm Street.”   Contrary to what you may believe, using productivity strategies in the summer doesn’t preclude the fun and relaxation you want and need. Rather, it affords you even more fun and relaxation because the time you set aside to work is more productive.Less time is required. Seven Strategies toward Being More Productive Take time to have fun. The summer is a great time to re-create yourself. Be sure to take time to play You will be refreshed and ready to […]

Teaching Students to Take Imperfect Action

 By Kelly Beischel Do you remember going to parent teacher conferences when your children were in grade school, maybe even high school? I do. I remember sitting in one of those little school-desk chairs year after year listening to teachers praise my daughter. Yet, I came to anticipate the “but” that was soon to follow. You see, Beth was an intelligent, hard-working student who didn’t participate in class. And this frustrated her teachers to no end. They wanted her to participate because they knew she had the answer. That Beth didn’t speak up was never a surprise to me. She was fearful of being wrong in front of others. She wanted to be perfectly sure she knew the answer before speaking up in class. Interestingly, my oldest son, Luke, had similar feelings. Although, he was okay about offering answers in class, his anxiety paralyzed him when randomly called on in class. “The mere imparting of information is not education. Above all things, the effort must result in making a man think and do for himself.”~ Carter G. Woodson Have you ever been challenged with getting students to offer answers in class? Perhaps, like Beth and Luke, your students are afraid they won’t be perfect. I propose we teach our students to […]

What do you think about cell phone use in class?

by Kelly Beischel I’m a monster. I forbid texting in class.    I forbid it for many reasons. For one, it distracts me. For another, I’ve spent countless hours preparing activities, discussion questions, and learning guides for each class. It’s rude for students to blatantly disregard the class material that I worked so hard to produce. Now that I’m through with the “It’s all about me” attitude, do you want to know the most compelling reason I don’t permit cell phone usage in class? The research indicates that cell phones ringing in class impairs learning outcomes. (Vibration mode included.) (Think texting.) Is there a better reason to curb cell phone use in your class? I assure you that I’m not standing on a pedestal when I say this: Students don’t text in my class. You can ask them. They really don’t. (Ok….. they may. But only ONCE.) How do I prevent it? I’d like to think they refrain from using cell phones in my class because I’m so riveting. But, it’s more likely due to my policy. You see, if I catch them texting, they’re required to bring donuts or cookies to the following class. No kidding. And they bring them. I had a student once tell me that my class […]

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