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Using the Pomodoro Technique

By Kelly Beischel I’m a Circus Ringmaster, trying to keep the 3 rings of teaching, scholarship and service going at the same time. We all know too well how this goes. Classes begin in a week. I’m scheduled to teach three courses and coordinate a practicum course. So, I have four courses to create – one of which is a total redo. That’s merely the teaching ring.  For the remaining rings – I’m scheduling my writing time over spring semester, reviewing manuscripts, and entering data into SPSS (ouch) while trying to catch up on various tasks that fall under service. I have too much to do with the little time left of Winter Break. You live this story, no? It’s okay, I’m not stressed about it. (Okay, maybe a little.) I’ve learned to get it all done using the Pomodoro Technique.  Have you ever used this technique? This is the gist of the Pomodoro Technique: 1. Write out all the activities you must accomplish on a sheet of paper. 2. Prioritize your activities on a different sheet of paper – called Priority To Do’s. 3. Set a kitchen timer for 25 minutes. 4. Work only on the task at the top of your priority list. 5. When the timer rings take […]

Top 10 Strategies for Finishing the Semester Strong

By Kelly Beischel Walk down any hall in any college and you know the semester is nearing the end. Everyone is stressed! I don’t know about you but I find fall semester especially stressful as the holidays are mixed right in there. In sports, we often allude to leaving it all on the finish line. But do we really want to leave it all on the fall semester finish line ? If we leave it all on the finish line then what will we have left over for our families or for preparing for the holidays? Instead, I propose we finish strong in mind, body, and spirit – with energy left over, to thrive. These ten strategies might help you do just that. In everything give thanks. Yes, that even means giving thanks for being so busy. A smart woman once said to me, “You are torn in so many directions because you have so many choices. Be grateful that you have choices.” Eat right. Eat foods that will nourish you and give you stamina to finish the semester strong. You know the old adage – “Garbage in. Garbage out.” Record lessons. If you’re like me and you wish you had more time to get a few last learning points across but are […]

Tips for Creating Chaos Free Academic Advising

It’s that time of year. Leaves are turning red, the air is crisp, and caramel apples taste so good….. Oh yeah, and students need academic advising as they prepare to register for their spring semester courses. I don’t know about you but I’ve had many different relationships with advising: love/hate, joy/drudgery, and laughter/tears (these would be my tears from pulling my hair out). The week(s) of academic advising often leave faculty with very little time outside of teaching and advising. While advising does afford student interactions, time for the very connectedness we want to establish with students, the intensity of lost time can be overwhelming. Try these 10 tips to calm the chaos of advising: Plan out your week(s). Sit down with your planner and mindfully plot out your advising schedule.  It is unrealistic to think you can keep the same schedule while adding in numerous hours of advising. Use the “Just Say NO” slogan. Schedule 30 minutes per advisee meeting.  Thirty minutes will allow you time to discuss grades and standardized test scores, coach students on study strategies, conduct transcript audits, assist with scheduling their courses and inquire about their social health as well as write a narration about your time together. When I only allowed for 20 minutes […]

Why I Teach Nursing

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I spent most of my 20 years of direct nursing practice caring for the most vulnerable of patients – from neonates in neonatal intensive care to children in cardiac intensive care to children in the emergency department. I’ve spent the last 8 years in the hardest job I’ve had yet – teaching. But, I love it. I view each day as an opportunity to effect change – change in a student’s thinking, change in how I teach, and ultimately, change in patient outcomes.  I  infuse my teaching with the passion I have for nursing hoping that my students may too fall in love with this honored profession. While I miss being in the middle of patient care I am driven by the wider influence I have on patient outcomes by being an effective teacher. One day I calculated the number of patients I might affect by my teaching and here is what I found: Let’s say that I have positively influenced the patient care delivery of 10 of  the 2013 graduating seniors who then become nurses and in turn each of these 10 nurses care for 10 patients over a week’s time. In a year’s time I will have positively influenced the delivery of care to 5,000 patients-this year alone. […]

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