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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 […]
By Kelly Beischel PhD, RN, CNE The first quarter of the year has already passed. Crazy, right? How are you doing on what you set out to accomplish this year? If your answer is “not that great”. Giving up on your goals is not the answer. So many times we get pumped up about our goals at the New Year or at the start of a new semester, making plans to go after what we most desire. And then when the bright, shiny new year fades and we are mired in the real work – the rise and grind – day in and day out – we lose sight of our goals, of what we truly desire. It’s easy to allow ourselves to become derailed from the path of our dreams. It’s easy to forget why we were motivated to take action, to build rest into our schedule, to become healthy …. (insert your desire). And then what happens when we fall off the path? We berate ourselves. We make excuses. Or we say to ourselves things like, “Well, that didn’t work” or “I can’t do that.” or “That’s too hard.” And we give up. If this is you… I want you to know, my friend, that you are not alone. […]
by Kelly Beischel PhD, RN, CNE My client, Susan, was steaming. And rightly so. Susan’s department director went over her head and told Susan’s failing students that she (the director) would change their course grade if they passed the HESI, a standardized test. True story. I’ve heard this story, or a version of it, more times than I can count. And I too am furious. How have we come to this in higher education? As a society, we have evolved into “trophyizing” (yes, I made that word up) children for simply trying, for showing up, for giving their all. And sometimes they don’t even have to show up or give their all yet still receive a trophy. Just as distributing trophies to undeserving children, the practice of passing students when their grades suggest otherwise serves no one. It’s unethical in fact. Why? Because it teaches nothing. Except perhaps, “If you whine loudly enough, you can get your way.” The official term for this is “failing to fail.” While Susan’s story may be infuriating, administrators are not alone in the practice of failing to fail. Faculty have cited knowing the student’s name, giving the benefit of the doubt, fearing the student would be held back or removed from their course of […]
Kelly P. Beischel Ph.D., RN, CNE My husband and I saw Garth Brooks in concert this past Sunday night. I don’t typically stay out late on Sunday nights as the price to be paid on Monday is too steep. But for Garth Brooks … I made an exception. What a performance! I love his music and know nearly all of his songs by heart. The lyrics and accompanying music are catchy thus memorable. But do you know what I love most about him? His energy. His enthusiasm. His passion for his art. And from what my son told me after meeting Garth personally, Garth is an unbelievably kind person. Refreshing to hear, right? Even if you aren’t a fan, you have to agree that he has something special going on. I mean. Come on. Garth goes on a world tour after being absent from the music industry for nearly 16 years. And every one of his concerts sells out within minutes of the shopping cart opening. During the concert, I couldn’t help but note that when we were all clapping, screaming, and singing with Garth, he responded with over-the-top expressions of gratitude and joy. Garth’s gratitude and joy generated, even more, engagement and enthusiasm from his fans. And […]